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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

After You

It's socially polite, it seems. 

When the buffet of food is spread out and "Come and get it, food's ready!" is announced, we often hesitate.

To jump in first to grab a plate and dig in would seem selfish.  It's not that we don't want to partake, we've just been trained to be considerate.  So, we wait.  We look around at each other.  We hold ourselves back.  We move when we see others move.


Good Things have been spread out for us.  Love.  Healing.  Freedom to come closer.  A gourmet of delights that is all for our enjoyment.  Spread out by a Host that calls us all to the Table to partake.

But, some of us hesitate.  We look around.  We want to move when others move.  We hold ourselves back.  We won't allow ourselves to let go and dig in.

We might have forgotten or maybe we just don't fully understand that this is a Table that we can come running to.  We don't have to be shy.  We don't have to wait.  And, we certainly don't have to be ashamed.  And, even if no one else moves, we can still come running. 

Who knows, it very well could be that our moving toward the Table, will help others move toward it too.

Monday, December 12, 2011

First YES-EL

One of the most beautiful things about the first Christmas is the willing parties involved.

Mary didn't HAVE to carry Jesus in her womb.  She was never forced.  She was given the honor to do it, the opportunity to participate in it, but never the obligation.  Not an ounce of pressure.  She willingly said 'yes'.  In fact, her words to the angel were, "I am the Lord's servant.  May it be to me as you have said."

And, Jesus Himself came willingly.  He tells us later that no one takes His life from Him, but He willingly lays it down.  His Father did not pressure Him.  Man did not pressure him.  Mary, his mother, did not pressure Him.  He said YES.  Yes to us.  Yes to being born.  Yes to dying.

And, so it is in the Kingdom. 

We are not pressured to follow.  We do not act out of obligation.  It is a not a religious duty. 

We are Freedom's children.  We say YES because we want to, not because we have to. 

We have the freedom to say No to NO-EL.  And, the freedom, like Jesus and Mary to say YES!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Knot A Problem

Some knots are just way too big to fix on your own.

I've fiddled with knots that are so stubborn, I never get them loosened and straightened.  Despite my efforts, I resolve that it is a knot that will never get fixed, resolved or loosened...  by me, that is.

Then, I hand it off to someone else and they slowly but surely work through it for me.  There is always a bit of amazement and thankfulness for their help.

This morning, I was thinking about a knot in my life.  A knot that I've been trying to resolve for a long time.  A knot that I would pick up, mess with, and fight with until the point of exhaustion.  I put it down, only to pick it back up later on to try at it again -- with little success.

Then, the thought came to me...  "This is too big for you."

With those Words came relief.

Knots are just way too big to fix on your own.  God's not asking us to fix ourselves.  He's asking us to let Him have the knots.  It's knot too big for Him.