The Darker the Night the Brighter the Light

In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus states: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”

Merry Christmas to the whole of the Earth as we let our Light shine!

Bill Gaither , an icon, for many years has given the whole of the earth Light through his music, words and deeds and it’s always the perfect light and timing. When I heard his new song, (play below) “The Darker the night the Brighter the Light,” for our season 2022 Christmas arose from the depth of my soul to declare this is the season of Our Dear Savior’s Birth.

Retail stores, malls and courthouse lawns in our communities may be silent or total darkness on the reason for the Christmas season.

What about us, the Star of the dark nights, fluorescent by day and candle by twilight? Or, are we hiding out beneath the “sharing bench” often call familiarity? Or Santa sharing from the very places in the retail stores we are calling dark until the opportunity passes by to be the light that changed the sight of the blind and opened an ear to the melody of truth.

I hope you listen to Gaithers new song and BATHE IN THE TRUTH of just who you are and the power within you to change the dark of the night with your light!🌠

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYHMnHZOz5U

The Lord is my Shepherd

Black Sheep have ye any wool-a golf course in UK

The palmist sings a sweet melody into the world in Psalms 23 that springs hope in our hearts as we sing and meditate on the green pastures in our lives.

As we in the USA celebrate a day of Thanksgiving this week while counting our blessings from individual to national blessings we might sight check a harp, a shepherd boy and his dreams and aspirations that arose from his soul as his eyes watched the sheep and stars alike! WOW a metaphor on how a sheep grazing in the Shepherd’s pasture has potential to shine light like a star!

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalms‬ ‭23:1-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.23.1-6.NLT

A Bloom

Nicole, a friend from Creswell, NC, a music teacher and writer/ composer loves to add photography to her music. She often finds photos to illustrate a a biblical scripture also. This week as change of temperature and November blooms were coming to an end until next season she spotted a win.

A bloom enlightens (Sara’s words) Nicole’s photo

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

I’m thankful to Nichole for her light and her generosity in sharing her work with me and allowing me to share,

My Sheep know My Voice

Numbers 25:37 “The Lord said to Moses: 38) Speak to the Israelites, and tell them to make fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and to put a blue cord on the fringe at each corner. 39) You have the fringe so that, when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and not follow the lust of your own heart and your own eyes. 40) So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and you shall be holy to your God. 41) I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.” (NRSV)

My sheep know my voice
photo by Nicole Byrd-Phelps Creswell NC

It seems from the beginning of this encounter with God He had spoken in various ways to his people, the Israelites, in their confusion to remind them of their behavior. God lectured them, disciplined them, and encouraged them. And, seems to no avail! Then He speaks to Moses to give them an assignment! Really, a Cord? A Fringe? A Reminder to never forget! Today, he might speak to us through our iPhones or better yet my Apple Watch does a perfect job of reminding.

Do you have a story of how God has spoken to you and maybe your group of friends, or family and you just ignored Him until you were branded for ID by a fringe? A Cord? We believe Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help remind us! John 14:26 “…And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.”

a friend shares;

“A proverb I love to share: “
“…just when the caterpillar thought the world was over – it became a butterfly!” ❤️

Sara’s Garden Photos

A brilliant friend shared this “proverb” with me a few days ago and these words just sings and makes melody in my heart. Then, I hear, Psalm 37:4 saying, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Miriam Danced…

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand. All the women followed her playing tambourines and dancing.
—Exodus 15:20 (CEB)

“Lord of the Dance” is a hymn with words written by English songwriter Sydney Carter in 1963. It follows the idea of a traditional English carol, “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” which tells the gospel story in the first person voice of Jesus of Nazareth with the device of portraying Jesus’ life and mission as a dance.”

🎼I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth:
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,
But they would not dance and they wouldn’t follow me;
I danced for the fishermen, for James and John;
They came with me and the dance went on:

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame:
The holy people said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped and they hung me on high,
And they left me there on a cross to die:

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone;
But I am the dance, and I still go on:

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

They cut me down and I leapt up high;
I am the life that’ll never, never die.
I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me:
I am the Lord of the dance, said he.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.🎼

Do you feel so close to Jesus at times that you just have to dance?

When the Bee stings

When the Bee stings

I’m sharing an excerpt from an account of Eric Burnett’s reporting from Ukraine. The moment of Lucky, a goat, a gratitude…(see link to full interview below)

“Tell us what you saw in Ukraine and how it’s different from your previous reporting trip to the region, when you witnessed the transition into war?

I met a couple whose son was killed in the war. Their house was rubble, filled with rockets and bullets. Their backyard was a series of holes dug by Russian troops, still filled with the mattresses, sheets and cigarettes they stole when they lived there for more than a month. 

Vadim and Olga had lost everything. The day I met them, their goat, who was pregnant before the invasion, gave birth to two kids. Olga held them, inhaling their smell, and murmured that it was like milk, honey and eggs. She said, “We have new life.” 

Olga lost her only child in this war and yet she found joy in the newborn goats. I asked Vadim what word he would use to describe his life now — he didn’t pause. Lucky, he said. Lucky, because the Russians in nearby houses raped women and tortured people. 

Lucky, he said, because God helped them. They felt lucky. And there I was, unable to fathom their loss.

I learned from Vadim and Olga that sometimes, as much as a moment moves you and affects you, you cannot understand it. I was silenced by their ability to take joy in their goats and to find themselves lucky. 

I could only listen and witness their experience. 

I learned from them in a new way that this is something we humans can do for one another.”

https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/01/world/inside-cnn-newsletter-erin-burnett-ukraine-reporting-cfc/index.html

Give Thanks

Colossians 3:17 ESV

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Philippians 4:6 ESV