Just a few days to go until the Feast of Christmas and this year I’m not ready for any gift giving. The health issues have just gotten in the way of my readiness. I’ve just received the best gift I could have been given – so no more needed. No pain. I have ideas and no time to execute any plans. So I will rely on grace and I will give my gift away in the weeks and months ahead.
Reliance on the grace of people is sketchy, at best, but we can always rely on God. God is doing great things right now. Christianity is sweeping across China as never before. Africa and her struggles go on but faith is a powerful thing among many nations in Africa. The Vatican is opening the windows and fresh air seems to be blowing through from South America. Americans are still trying to figure out who they are in the new world. We want to be that great nation that is the beacon of hope for the world – I think we are but we have abandoned so many principals that made us great.
Reliance – we rely on God. We are all immigrants in this world. Read these words again emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty:
“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Mother of Exiles – you are indeed, Oh God. Father of nations and Light of the World – Jesus indeed. Spirit of influence and destiny you shape the present and future. Will we be salt and light or a city on a hill next year? This Christmas be reliant on God for all things and give yourself away to the light which fills in the darkness – for the darkness has not and will not overcome it.