Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Long, Dark Nights and Dayspring Brightness

This month has been beautiful so far - the brisk, chilly winds, the final leaves saying their pretty good-byes, the bare trees against the horizon of the pastures. I may not enjoy the extended darkness, but, I love this season of fall ushering us into winter - the mornings especially have been gorgeous to me. For the most part they've been crystal clear and since I'm out with the dog generally before sunrise, I've seen the vast array of morning stars. The past few days have also been full-moon mornings and whew! what a lovely sight! But then too, there was one truly spell-binding sunrise that saw me out in our front yard, in my jammies to catch this photo:

All this accumulated beauty made me remember a scripture from awhile back in our daily readings ... of 'dayspring' brightness in the following verses.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 The Message -
If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.
I pray that I am always open to the message of Christ - that the eyes of my heart will remain fixed on him and that my actions will be a reflection of him.

I hope I can say this about myself ... about me and the Message:

  • that I'm not holding back in learning, studying
  • I am going the right way on life's road
  • that I'll pay serious attention to signs, directions, admonishments
  • that I'll refuse to adhere to any fashionable 'god of darkness' that wants to lead me astray
  • that I never, ever will be stone-blind to the Message by being caught up in my own private, stubborn agenda
I just pray that I not only see Christ but that he is able to shine through me.

How very blessed we are to have a God that has shown himself to us - his love and mercy. The next verses impact me so much as well:

5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

So, the month of November, as dreary as it may be at times, has helped me remember to "light up the darkness" and just proclaim Christ to the world - running his errands and carrying his message from day to day.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Very Neat and Had to Share -

Well,I've been meaning to get on here and leave a note for some time now and this is too good pass up:


I really, really love the month of November.
Granted, there's a few things I'm not crazy about like
  • the drop in temperatures
  • the shortening of daylight hours
  • cloudy, depressing days
But then there's many positive points too
  • the beautiful, bare trees
  • the harvest of really cool fruits and vegetables
  • crisp, clear days
  • the joining of so many hearts in thanks to God who is the giver of all gifts
So, all in all, this seems like a great day to share a note - and encourage all of us to delight in this wonderful month. 

November's flower is the Chrysanthemum.