6 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS: A TIME FOR ACTION & CONTEMPLATION

  • December 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm
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    Really good. You hit a home run for me.

    Bill

  • December 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm
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    Wow, this is the least “churchy” message I’ve heard inspiring me to “move forward” having been “stirred inwardly”… I was looking for guiding verses yesterday and Acts 17:24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” – is my “action” verse because it reminds me that God doesn’t need me…he wants me… and that is the basis for allowing me to participate (action) in what he is doing.

    Secondly, in Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.” This is my favorite contemplative verse. How blessed we are to know, to be well acquainted with the One who is exalted among the nations and in the earth…If we ever were looking to rub elbows with Somebody, it’s him. And if we get still long enough, we can more clearly see what he’s up to and join him.

    Thanks for the invitation to contemplate and act during this season of exaltation.
    Susan

  • December 9, 2010 at 8:08 am
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    You nailed it.

    My kids and I spent 2 hours last Saturday ringing the bell outside the local Wal-Mart for the Salvation Army. I saw many people looking down and not outwards (I am often guilty of this as well). It seems that during one of the most special times of year we seem to lose focus on the “why” of the season. It has become a chore to get out and get the gifts, prepare the perfect meal, run around with no thought or care as to how we appear to others let alone how we represent Christ. Many people that Saturday walked right on past without even making eye contact. My son sat outside the door and wished everyone that came by a Merry Christmas. What was mind blowing was how many people actually changed direction and walked back and gave. It is amazing to me that 2000+ years ago God used a small child to change the world and he is still doing it that way.

    I say spend some time this season coming to God as a child (full of awe and wonder). Slow down and LISTEN to what He is saying. Never forget what this time of year actually means.

    God stepped down into our world and made himself completely vulnerable the least we can do is look around and smile and offer a kind word.

    It just may be the one little thing that someone needs to make them feel better.

    God’s Blessings and a Merry CHRISTmas to All

    Jim

  • December 9, 2010 at 11:19 am
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    Thanks for this timely reminder, George. Focusing on others certainly does make our own problems fade into insignificance. We’re praying for your friends.

  • December 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm
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    Thanks George…action seems to take over my contemplation…need both and your reminder was a wake up call.
    HIS PEACE
    bob

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