The Word Was True

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Hundreds of years before His birth, Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah.

Waiting… Longing… Knowing.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.     Isaiah 7:14 NIV

Immanuel meaning, “God with us“.

And God came to mankind.

He left Heaven to be here….among us.

For to us a child is born,
   to us a son is given,
   and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Of the greatness of his government and peace
   there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
   and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
   with justice and righteousness
   from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
   will accomplish this.  Isaiah 9:6-7  NIV

Jesus Christ. The Messiah. The Son of God.

HE CAME.

Each of the words spoken by the prophets came into being that night so long ago.

The night that the angels sang of His arrival.

The night the shepherds bowed low in the presence of the King.

The night that a young couple felt both the thrill and the awe of holding deity in their arms.

The Word was true…

and He was here.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14  NIV

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How are you unwrapping Jesus, this Christmas?

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I Am Known

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“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

……O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”  Psalm 8:3-4, 9 NIV

I’ve always been drawn to the night sky. When I was young, I would pour over articles on space. I would tell anyone who would listen, about stars, comets, planets and black holes. For several years, I was sure that I wanted to grow up and be an astronomer.  I just knew I’d spend my lifetime looking at the stars. Over the years, the dream of being an astronomer quietly died, but my passion for the night sky did not.

There is nothing like staring into the night sky to realize just how small I actually am.

It always puts things in perspective for me.

Psalm 8. David wrote this Psalm. A song….to be set to music. David was the king of Israel. A man after God’s own heart. He was not perfect, far from it….but, he was humble before God. I can relate to David because he too stood, staring at the night sky, realizing how small he actually was. “What is man that You are mindful of him?”  Yes. He got it.

Hanging over the railing of the deck. Staring. Trying to drink it all in. I can see the stars. The moon. The swirl of the Milky Way. All of this with just the naked eye. I am connected.

The Creator of this night time extravaganza is with me. He watches as I look at His work.

He sees me. Really sees me.

How many times in this life, have I been in a room full of people, and yet do not feel seen? Not known? Not understood?

And  yet……

Here on the deck, in the dark of the night.

I am known.

Known by the Creator of the night time sky,

who also created me.

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Thankful for so much this first Monday in October.

*looking forward to family visiting

*dark blue sky

*sleepy smiles

*a new school room

*help, when I need it

*scripture that speaks to me

*smooth, sweetness of hot chocolate

*lavender plants

*freshly swept front porch

*warm sweaters

*beautiful Autumn leaves

*harvest corn

*being fully known