The Christmas Mystery – God with Us

One of the Christmas mysteries that is hard to grasp is that Jesus, born as a baby, is both fully God and fully man. How could the God of the universe, so big, come to be so vulnerably small? It seems almost unthinkable that the Creator of the Universe would come and limit himself to human time, space, to a body like ours. Why? “Because of God’s tender mercy the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the… Read More

A Season of Yearning…Bible Journaling Advent

One thing I’ve noticed in my Bible that I’ve overlooked in years past is the empty spaces. The ESV Single Column Journaling Bible is what I’ve been using to add art to the Bible Journaling. This week I’ve considered the meaning of the space between the Hebrew Scripture and the New Testament. A few partially blank pages and one full blank page represent hundreds of years when God’s people waited and wondered. The word that comes to mind is “Yearning.” The advent hymn that comes to mind is “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” written by Charles Wesley. “Come, thou long… Read More

The Yearning of Advent

I think the Charles Dickens quote above tells of the desire of each of our hearts about Christmas, heart-felt longings of belonging, being home, warm and safe, with people we love. Hope stirs. After talking with a number of people this year, I find for many of us, the season also brings a measure of sadness. Christmases past, Christmases that never happened, and especially the loss of loved ones. Then there is the waiting, praying and hoping for healing of relationships and actual physical healing of those who are ill. As I wait for the stuff of life, (like the… Read More

Finding a light in the darkness

Isn’t it interesting how when you state something like I did in my last entry about being still and peaceful, doubt and discouragement don’t waste any time to come knocking? The night after I wrote that post I couldn’t sleep. This happens more these days and people tell me it’s “that time of life”, it will get better.  But this night felt worse. I laid in bed and began to doubt myself and God’s “working all things together for good”. I thought I should get up, but had a niggling fear: If I get up and wait for the Lord,… Read More

Paradigm Shift: a broader view of Prayer

This year I’ve gone through a paradigm shift that’s broadened my view and experience of prayer. Prayer has been a part of my life as long as I can remember, but now I find myself taking time to listen more, being intentional about getting “still”, inviting the Holy Spirit to come, seeking illumination, and being more creative through visual prayer and blessings. I long to hear God and sense His presence. Part of it must be this new season of my life that doesn’t include a regular daily scheduled job. Sometimes I feel a bit lost in what I should be… Read More

Longing for Illumination

I keep thinking of the word illumine, illumination, illuminated, illuminator, illuminate… to make light, to dispel obscurity, a light shining in the darkness, Inspiration. For me illumination is often accompanied or preceded by longing. So I decided to make the word and/or concept of illumination my theme for December. It seems fitting with the anticipation of Advent, a counterbalance for the darkest days of the year, and most of all the celebration of the birth of the Light of the World. Spirit of the Living God warm me with your presence fill me with your passion lead me with your… Read More