Merry Love Day

Christmas day 2019

We rejoice with family this day, exchanging gifts we think will be received with gladness, even if it is an ugly sweater from Macy’s. it is given with the love of the person who purchased it. We accept it gladly.

But Christmas is more than swapping gifts. We have to remember what the meaning of Christmas is. Over 2000 years ago, a child was born; a special child, yet he was homeless when he was born. I think of the significance of this often-overlooked fact. We don’t know what his life as a child was, but watching my own son and my grandson grow, I am sure Jesus was an active youth who constantly pressed the edges of his parents’ good will.

I am thinking of the trip to Jerusalem, when he was twelve; he did not join his parents and after three days, the had to return to Jerusalem to find him. And, when they did, he responded by saying that he was in his father’s house; where else would he be. If I were Joseph, I am sure I would have followed that with a spanking of some sort. But we do not know; the Bible says nothing about that.

But Jesus was special, he grew into a man who expressed and demonstrated the love that God gives all of us. This is what we are celebrating today, by joining with friends and family, exchanging gifts of love. We are in a hotel in North Carolina, and when we went to have coffee in the lounge, all there wished everyone a merry Christmas, spreading God’s love to all in the room.

This is what God wants of us. This is what I try to do all year round. I talk to people I don’t know; this is my way of spreading God’s love. I call them brother or sister, because we are all children of God, as Jesus was. And, God loves us as much as He loves Jesus. Think of God the Father. Think of yourself as a father or mother. Do you love one of your children more than the others. Of course not; they are all equal in your eyes.

Jesus is a special person; and I try to walk in His light every day; but I know God loves me as much as He loves Jesus. This is why I refer to Christmas as a day to share God’s love openly. And, maybe, if we can do this on Christmas, we can do this every day throughout the year.

This is God’s special day; have a wonderful, merry and loving Christmas.

Beloved

Advent Word of the Day: Beloved

 

“ . . . and lo a voice from heaven, saying,

this is my beloved Son, in whom

I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17

 

God is our beloved God

We are His beloved children

As a parent, my children are my beloved

As we are to God

As a parent, I am the beloved of my children.

So it goes, the circle of life

All connected by love

God’s Love

 

Message

Advent Word of the Day: Message

 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. . .” Ephesians 4: 11-13

The Bible has a message for us

hidden in the stories

God has a message for us

hidden in our inner voice

Jesus has a message for us

hidden in His parables

God, whose name is will become

leaves us with confusion

if God is truly an action,

perhaps His message is also

I believe

praying is what God wants of me

helping others is what God wants

giving of myself

offering kindness and a smile

instead of bypassing with a scowl

saying hello, and God bless you

and thank you

and have a nice day.

God wants me to be an action

an action that considers others to be

a part of me

as God is

as Jesus is.

as the Bible is

Rest

Advent Word of the Day: Rest

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle

and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

 

We toil fruitlessly in our daily lives

all efforts to get ahead

mean nothing to our spiritual selves

God asks only for us to love Him

Jesus asks us to walk in His light

to put aside daily woes

they dissolve

only by resting in God’s

true light can we live in peace

and love

 

we rest from daily toils when we meditate

we rest from tension when we pray

we rest from things we cannot control

we when we go into our dark room and talk with God

God relieves us from our fears

God forgives us for our sins

 

When we rest in God’s arms

we are safe, we are strong

we are purified by Love

 

 

Go

Advent Word of the Day: Go

 

Go on your way. See, I am sending you out

like lambs into the midst of wolves.” Luke 10: 3

 

“Go on your way”

how many times does Jesus ask us to go

how many times does He as us

to go spread the Word

we go spread his Gospel

we go away from church

to invite others into His fold

we go from our comfort zones

to spread His healing power

we go from the mortal path

to walk His lighted path

to invite others to join us

in our going out in His name

we go to bring His love

to all our brothers and sisters

in the human family

we go to Him asking

for forgiveness of the mistakes

we make in our lives

when we go to God

we are greeted with loving grace and eternal gladness.

Come!

Go bask in God’s Love

 

 

Pray

Advent Word of the Day: Pray

“But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

pray when you go to bed

pray when you rise in the morning

pray daily

pray hourly

pray when you visit

pray when you work

pray when you phone someone

pray when you answer the phone

pray when you vacuum

pray when you cook

pray when you shop

pray when you help a homeless person

pray when in church

pray when in school

pray when at work

pray when you stop for a red light

pray when you get a green light

pray when you talk with someone

pray when you go on vacation

make your life a life of prayer

PRAY WHEN YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO GOD

 

Learn

Advent word of the Day: Learn

 

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me

—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9

 

We learn from 49 parables

each a lesson for life

most from Jesus

some from the Old Testament

Isaiah relates a story of a vineyard

relaying an important life lesson

to build on the Word of God, only

as Jesus taught

without which our labors

bear inedible fruit

we follow Jesus

and learn

we follow Jesus

to help others learn

the fruit of God’s vineyard

is sweet and nourishing

follow the Word of God

learn and be nourished.

 

 

 

Gather

Advent Word of the Day: Gather

We gather together on Sundays to praise God

Our community grows closer with God’s Grace

We gather on Mondays for noon prayer and community dinners

Our dinners are gifts from God to those in need

We gather on Tuesdays for noon prayer and feeding the poor

Our market table is filled with God’s produce

We gather on Wednesdays for noon eucharist and healing prayer

God’s Grace is shared to heal all wounds, emotional and physical

We gather on Thursdays for noon prayer, quiet circle, and intercessory prayer

Our quiet times filled with God’s presence spreads to all who suffer

We gather on Fridays for noon prayer and group support meetings

Our neighbors seek God’s help with their addictive illnesses

We gather on Saturdays for music and congregational dinners

We share God’s love with food, wine, and wonderful stories of God’s glory

We gather to praise and honor God

We are thankful for his presence in our lives, each day of the week.

Water

Advent word of the day: Water

Water vital to live

We drink it to stay alive

We bathe in it to clean ourselves

We are bathed in it to cleanse ourselves

John baptized by emersion, as do we

We also baptize with water

For purification

Jesus changed water to wine

Then offered his wine as life-giving blood

Life-giving in the world of God

God’s water is pure

God made us in His image

Our bodies are mostly water

The pure water created by God

Celebrate our purity in God’s baptism water

 

 

Harmony

Advent word of the Day: Harmony

 

 . . . let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 16

 

We doubt God’s presence in our lives, in our souls

And we lack the harmony of God’s words

When we search for God’s harmony

We go to our dark places, alone

What Jesus calls being in the wilderness

Looking for God but cannot find Him

 

We look for prophets to guide us

But cannot find one

We read the Gospels; suddenly

Jesus speaks to us

With truth enlightening our souls

Showing that God is within us

We are born new each day

As we rise to the light of God’s Son

Bring harmony to our lives, in our souls

Spreading God’s harmony through Christ’s teachings

His words are healing tools

We live in harmony in our world

 

When we are in harmony with Jesus Christ

Our lord, our God, our universal lover.