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GOD’S PLAN

“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be
upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”
(Isaiah 9:6).

The Child born that day in Bethlehem proved Wonderful, for He was born to give Himself, years later, as a sacrifice for our sins. He beckons, yes, offers us the gift of everlasting life with Him if we but choose to accept Him as our Savior.

Christ is also our Counselor, the omniscient One to guide us in all matters and become our best Friend, for He knows us — He created us and is our Mighty God.

As a part of the Triune Godhead, Christ is one with His Everlasting Father, a Father who loves us unconditionally — our Abba Father.

The Son of God, our Prince of Peace, saved us from our sins and this same Prince of Peace promised to come again to take us home with Him to heaven if we make a place for Him in our lives.

Let us consider Christ, our Messiah, as this Christmas fades, retain His gift of love and peace in our hearts, and remember to extend that same love to others, until He comes again in glory. Amen.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

THE GIFT OF JESUS

My hollow heart extended no love
until it was filled with the Lord above.
Christ came to me one Christmas season–
a gift from a friend who had a reason.

A reason to rejoice in the baby Jesus
who’d been loved by some
But sent for all,
To become our Savior afterall.

My mind was set on fame, you see,
A quest that would have surely destroyed me.
But a friend reached out,
Showing me Christ.
And baby Jesus came to stay,
In my heart one Christmas day.

HATRED CORRODES

I took a break from writing the other day and plugged in a video cassette, Son of the Morning Star. Yes, I know we have DVDs these days and also Blue Ray — whatever that is — but I am finding more and more that current movies made after the decline in use of the VCR don’t appeal to me anymore. There’s just too much of every vice depicted and gory visuals shown in today’s movies. They all too often also lack a good story line. So I’m revisiting VHS tapes.

Getting back to Son of the Morning Star. It’s the story of the interaction of Crazy Horse’s people, narrated by a young Indian squaw, with the American white man, narrated by General Custer’s wife, Libby. I abhored our ancestors’ hatred directed toward the American Indian and mourned the resulting defensive, survival mode of the Indians leading to the Indian Wars.

Surely, the Indians’ possession of the Plains and lands the white man wanted for himself cannot explain the atrocities perpetuated against the Indian. Could it be the color of their skin, or even a diverse culture that could explain such hatred precipitating the wars, senseless mass killings, and almost complete annihalation of the American Indian culture? How can such hatred exist? Why does the same type of hatred exist today with civil wars and ethnic cleansing? I’m watching this movie and I just don’t get it. All I know is that hatred corrodes our hearts. Any sense of decency we once possessed is replaced with pure evil.

And what is the source of such evil? Could it be the devil, Satan? Or could we be active creators of such evil when we become separated from God? Certainly the devil plays a role in our sin, but can we be protected from assenting to thoughts of hatred and evil behavior by coming to God and abiding in Christ? Is it possible not to sin? It is, in theory. Every morning we need to get up and talk with God, rededicating ourselves to Him, letting Him know we live this day only to serve Him. Then hatred will be left behind, dead in the dust.

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