Nothing Is Impossible

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Ever felt like blasting off from earth to find a new life in a new world?

Sci-fi like the picture is just for fun, but life can get tough here on earth.

Stuff happens: job stuff, people stuff, financial stuff, and we won’t even go anywhere near the media/political world. It can be crazy out there, and it’s the same ol’ game that’s been going on for millennium. 

Trust me, the Roman world in 33 AD,…wasn’t Utopia.

Roman soldiers weren’t cuddly bears. By Roman law they could snatch anyone off the streets and force them to carry their gear for a mile, and we can well guess they didn’t say, “Please.”

Brutality in the Roman world was so commonplace it wasn’t given a second thought. Or that is until Jesus suggested to his followers that we should, “Love our enemies.” “Turn the other cheek,” – “Go the extra mile.”

When we love someone going the ‘extra mile’ is super easy. It’s a joy to enrich our loved one’s lives. But to those who are cruel to us?

Hello? What was our LORD thinking?

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5: 43-45

Perhaps the LORD was offering us a glimpse of a new life on a new world. A world where we can love one another and be kind to one another.

Of course being mere mortals we can’t change the entire world, but we can effectuate ‘change’ in our world.

By ourselves?

Noooooooo,…that’s not humanly possible.

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

All?

Absolutely,…God spoke the world into being,…what could possibly be beyond our God’s ability? The Bible is filled with miracle upon miracle,…especially the miracle of redemption,…the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. To die for our sins is one thing, but to be raise to everlasting life that’s where the impossible is made possible, and that possibility is what changes lives even in the 21st century.

One of the nice things about the LORD is that punches are never pulled,…always the LORD gives it to us straight,…such that we were NEVER promised perfect lives.

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

What do you think happened the first time one of Jesus’ followers willingly marched along with that Roman solider for the extra mile? Do you think the self sacrifice totally messed with that Roman dude’s mind? Or maybe it was a tiny seed planted in the man’s heart? And what about the follower? How was their world changed?

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:3-12

When you have an encounter with God,…your world view does change.

People are seen not as enemies,…but brother and sisters. Maybe they don’t know it, but that’s okay we’re not required to deal with another person’s hang ups,…only our own.

Also we can be grateful we’re not required to face life under our own strength,…because no mere mortal is strong enough to face the world. Instead we know that, “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 – that includes going the extra mile for even ‘those’ people in our lives who are put in our lives to effectuate change – in their world and ours.

Hang in there,…it’s a comfort to know with God nothing is impossible!

 

 

 

Christmas NEVER Fails

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Have you ever felt like your Christmas has failed?

Come on,…everyone has the tale of THE worst Christmas season ever!!!

For myself the Christmas season has always come from a different perspective, especially since my husband has always worked in retail, which is a sub-culture in of itself where holidays are concerned.

Funny story about when my older guys were very little and I was speaking to an acquaintance about not seeing my husband from mid October to mid February, and she sympathetically lamented, “Oh,…he must be in the military.”

“No,” I replied, “He’s in retail.” 

Thus sending out hearts and hugs to retail families,…it’s tough during the holiday season,…we know,…we’ve been there,…hugs,…hugs,…hugs!!!

Experiencing loss: loved ones, jobs, disappointments can add to Christmas stress. Grief is a subject in of itself,…my Daddy made a big deal of Christmas,…and I sure do miss him!!! Also money worries can be pressing when one can feel pressed to spend,…and spend,…and spend in a seeming never ending holiday cycle. Sickness doesn’t stop for the holidays, serious and otherwise,…we’ve all had that Christmas with the sniffles, or even worse holding a loved ones hands during a more serious doctor’s appointment.

Interpersonal relationships, especially familial, for you know everyone’s got those darling dears in their outlying family who seemingly love try everyone’s patience, should be proof enough we live in a fallen world!!!  If that doesn’t convince you,…just turn on the news,…no one seems to be getting along these days.

And then there is Autism.

Boy,…oh boy were those early Christmases tough to take. EVERYTHING was soooo confusing. Hello,…when a child is not excited about gifts and toys and sparking ornaments,…and joy,…joy,…joy,…where do you turn?

Not that there wasn’t joy,…it just took a while to recognize it.

You see the gift of Autism is that it pares down life to the bare essentials.

I love you.
You love me.
And what else is really important?

Did Christmas really HAVE to look like I thought it should look? Did traditions really matter? Did one really need a Christmas tree,…cookies,…caroling,…and even gifts to celebrate?

Guess what?

Christmas arrives December 25th,…presents or no presents,…joy or no joy,…laughter or tears,…grief or healing,…reconciliation or not,…you get the gist. No matter what Christmas comes,…the miracle,…the great joy,…and, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:14

Peace on earth?

“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:5-7

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

The world will alway try to steal your peace usually by setting you to live up to unreachable expectations. Think just about any Christmas commercial on television! Seriously what percentage of Christmas cookies made EVER look like those professionally perfect ones on Pinterest from the seemingly stay-at-home mom, who secretly has a degree in design? Not that our wonky ones don’t taste good,…but those unreachable expectations which we are bombarded with, especially on social media are always out there ready to embroider: FAIL, FAIL, FAIL,…onto your Christmas stocking.

The Good News,…the real meaning of Christmas NEVER fails.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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God is gracious,…so very gracious to the world,…and to us.

This is our eighth Christmas with our little guy. Therapy works, thus he’s come a long way from those very confusing Christmases where everything seems upside down. NEVER, EVER, EVER give up hope,…those Christmases taught us,…traditional traditions don’t make Christmas,…Christmas.
Hello, we ready knew that fact in our heads,…everyone does,…we’ve all seen the Grinch Stole Christmas a zillion times,…but for the first time we learned it in our hearts.

Autism can’t stop Christmas.
Nor sickness, or grief,…or disappointment,…the list goes on to infinity,..for NOTHING can stop the miracle of Jesus Christ’s birth. 

And that alone is cause enough to celebrate!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family to yours!

May you truly know the ‘peace of God that transcends all understanding’ – this Christmas season!!!