Everlasting Light

Picture yourself in the darkest place you could ever imagine. Your eyes are wide open, but you cannot see a thing. You are afraid to move forward or in any direction for fear of falling or stepping into danger. Your senses are heightened, and every sound is amplified, even your own heartbeat.

Have you ever been in that place?

When Darkness Flees

Whether it’s a physical or emotional space, darkness can feel overwhelming. It holds you captive in one place.

But there is hope . . .

Suddenly, in the midst of that darkness, you hear a soft and gentle whisper.

“Do not be afraid. I am here with you. You are never alone, and I will guide your steps into the light. In me, there there can be no darkness at all.”

It is the still, small voice of Jesus. His assurance floods over you with warmth, helping you to move forward in the darkness, out of doubt and despair. I am not alone. I can do this.

The darkness may still remain, but His guidance gives you hope and the courage to take a step. And then another. And still another, until you step from the shadows, directly into the Light.

It is glorious!

The Message of Christmas

We all wander in the darkness at some point in life. Christmastime is supposed to be the season of hope, peace, joy and love. But for many, it is the darkest time of the year, and sometimes brings feelings of sadness and deep loneliness. We remember those we have lost. We relive painful memories from the past and yearn for happier times. It can be difficult to see beyond those dark places.

But dare to take that first step! Listen for the soft and gentle voice, and trust that you can move forward and into the light. It is safe, and warm and abiding.

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I attended a beautiful Christmas concert this past week. One of the worship leaders shared the message that Jesus — the Light of the World — came to earth during the darkest time of the year. That is no coincidence!

Jesus brought light and hope into a dark and weary world. His light is eternal and always with us, not just at Christmas, but the whole year through.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah — full of light, and overflowing with hope, joy and abundant blessings. May the peace of Christ fill your heart and home with His everlasting light!

Oh, Joy!

How is your “Stress-O-Meter” reading this week? With Christmas just 10 days away, it may be reaching the critical levels on the gauge.

Considering our long lists of errands, holiday shopping, baking and wrapping, joy may be the last thing we are experiencing during the holiday season.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if simply flipping the calendar to December brought an abundance of joy into our homes? Or perhaps we could simply order a case of joy online. Then it would show up on our doorstep in a smiling cardboard box the next day. Better yet, subscribe and save so you will never run out again!

Where Joy Lives

I think we often confuse joy with happiness. Joy is a constant state of being, whereas happiness is haphazard and fleeting. Happiness often depends on someone, or some thing to make us happy. And when life fails to meet our expectations, happiness goes right out the window.

Happiness lives in the mind.

Joyfulness dwells in the heart.

Joy is a precious feeling that is carried through the highs and lows of daily living. It does not depend on outside influences to thrive or grow. It is an abiding and fulfilling joy, that unlike happiness, won’t be here today and gone tomorrow.

This time of year, I often think of the Christmas angel who appeared to the shepherds, watching their flocks.

“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” – Luke‬ ‭2:10‬

The angel was sharing the Good News of the babe in the manger, the greatest joy ever known!

As we enter the final days of Christmas preparations, try not to become overwhelmed by that to-do list. Remember to capture the joy of the small, quiet moments each day, and treasure them in your heart.