The wilderness time can be a time to pause & reflect on the gift of life given & to absorb the time as a season of growth, renewal, & revival of our spirits as we live into a new day & with God’s help & direction, participate in bringing hope & healing to life.
As we move through the wilderness seasons of our lives, let us all move forward trusting in God & the gift of the empowerment given by the Spiritual infusion of the revival & re-awakening of our spirits that gives us new spiritual life imparted by the Holy spirit.
In the season we just observed referred to as Christmas, we celebrated the birth of this promised Holy child, Emmanuel, with humble prayers of thanksgiving & joyous songs of praise, for as was foretold, unto us a child was born, a son was given & we call Him Emanuel.
Though there are many blizzards swirling around us at this time that immobilize us, some caused by weather conditions, others by unsettledness of violence, illness, accidents, losses, poverty, etc., the fact remains that nothing can ever overcome or extinguish the Holy Light of the Christ child.
Though it is not observed by all religions, the four weeks leading up to the observance & celebration on Christmas Day are often referred to as “Advent” which means “Coming”. During Advent, the people who believe in the promised coming of a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, experience a gradual revelation of the new life that was foretold by the prophets. As the people begin to realize the depth of the fulfillment & manifestation of the coming of the incarnate Christ & what it means to them & to the world, the darkness of life we experience from time to time gradually turns into the light of hope, love, joy & deep inner peace.
As we step into the Holy night with the birth of God’s Holy child, our hearts are filled with hope, love, joy & gratitude that radiates the light of the world, that has grown brighter as we receive God’s gift of new life for us as His kingdom expands to include all people on earth
When we are suffering & lost, & unable to feel a thankful heart, then we are invited by God our creator to pause & breath in His goodness & look around at the beauty of life that surrounds us & that reflects His glory.
Early in the Old Testament of the Bible, we read that God formed an everlasting covenant or sacred promise with His believers, in which He promised to protect, guide & bless them & all generations to come with a permanent ever-lasting relationship between our Creator & all of creation.
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