Posts Tagged ‘jesus’

What Would YOU Say?

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My family still teases me because as a young mom, I tried hard to work around the jokes and odd noises at the dinner table to instill actual conversation. (Crazy, I know.) Story starters like this were common, “if you had a $1000, what would you do with it?”

In Mark 10, Jesus was not asking rhetorical questions. He asked a blind man, “What would you like me to do for you?” If you’re thinking “What a dumb question”, you are a little like me. Of course(!), the blind man would want to see again, right? But, maybe not. Saying aloud what we want or need is often harder than dealing with our difficulties. Or, sometimes, we work so hard to come up with the “right” thing with God that we stall out…and don’t ever ask for anything.

What would you say if Jesus asked you, “What would you like me to do for you?” It takes a measure of faith to say…something. Especially in the face of hardship, pain, loss or confusion. Fortunately, the man answered Jesus, “I would like to see.” Imagine! The first person he saw with his healed eyes, was Jesus. Amazing!

So, in many ways, that’s my prayer today. You, too? “Lord, I would like to see….You.” Amen.

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Grateful Tears Crying comes easily these days, but they’re good tears. 

I love the Christmas season for that very reason. It’s the season when it’s ok to be mushy, sentimental, and nostalgic.

Not that we have to, but we often take time to remember, to celebrate, to make room for the meaningful stuff, the good stuff. We hold on to hope because what else is there? And in the end? We discover that Hope holds on to us.

Yes, you’re right. It’s certainly not all spiced-cider and rosy-cheeked caroling… Along with the sweet memories, painful ones rise too. We ache with the losses, the feuds, the wearisome questions and the never-ending messes. But, for a time, in spite of everything, we find that we’re together in this good life…this God-life. 

So let the glistening tears flow as you share your lighted candle to another candle while singing Silent Night on Christmas Eve. Stand as you join the Hallelujah Chorus and rejoice when the Grinch’s heart grows three times its size and Scrooge learns it’s not too late to be generous. Listen to what the king says: Pray for peace, people everywhere for the Child will bring goodness and light. And don’t we love how He smiles at the Little Drummer Boy’s gift and hope He smiles at our gifts, too? Let the Little Match Girl remind you to actively care for those who live in the cold and pray for those who long to be home for Christmas…if only in their dreams. 

Most of all, prepare Him room as the weary world rejoices the long-expected Jesus. For truly He taught us to love one another, for His law is love and His gospel is peace. Together we fall on our knees before Him, our Emmanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Merry Christmas! And, may God bless us, everyone.

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