dark and black at midnight.
i would have been terrified.
panicked. in labor.
only a guiding star.....
tears of pain, but a young woman
who said yes to God, and quietly,
a young man who took all his cues
from the Holy God.
oh, i mess up with God.
i have never been so yielded
to God that i didn't pace
and pace some more
for His provision. yet i have NEVER
been disappointed by Jesus. that's
why i talk to others about His vast,
stretched love that wraps His arms
around all of us, and quietly forgives
our failings. one finger of God's touch
washes our souls. just one finger.
a big, battered old tahoe truck
wouldn't start. a little goblin
in tears because he thought he
couldn't go trick or treating.
fixing it with my jumper cables,
reminding this mother that Jesus
had it covered.
did you say JESUS?!!
oh, i've wandered so far away
oh, we all have,
and He still loves us.
at the gym.
doing my two straight hours,
non-stop, of running. a young
man...maybe 28..asked me HOW
i did this?! he could not possibly
last more than 30 minutes.
oh, i run to cope with my anxieties.
and i pray about my children. Jesus
has given me this great outlet to calm
me. i had a wet towel on my head.
hot. hot. and suddenly, there stood
my pastor. that was embarrassing,
but i still was able to talk about Jesus.
oh, i go to church
now and then. you know.
the man was glib.
oh, His love covers it all.
talk to Jesus while you're here,
wanting to kick the machine
with your running shoes.
i made sure
a little family had
a Christmas tree.
dropped in our laps every single
day because this serene couple.
carrying the Christ child...
made it the most beautiful, magnificent
adventure in bringing peace to the snarled,
crazy world we are all trying to create
beauty in. it is God's assignment.
always be ready.
always look for opportunities.
always notice the light in the trees.
the joy of children's laughter.
the faces all around you. God
shaped and made them all.
don't judge or qualify others' lives.
the choirs are all singing. don't spoil
the sound. let it shake you.
you hear the sound can't you?!
do you see Him in the most common
of those we pass every day? the
magnificence of a world that is different
in each life. i stick my finger in the pot
of gold....God's incredible love...and i
mark the walls of despair and pain
with shimmering kindness that paints
the loving face of God to ALL who see me.
the grocery store. the mall. target.
my children will all be home for Christmas.
and we tell you to forget all the chaos, and
rest in God's comfort and joy.
and we love you,
and wish you a beautiful Christmas.
a birthday of love. the biggest party ever.
year after year after year.