Long ago Far away in the dark a new beginning began. Child of eternity taking humanity as Mary and Joseph took responsibility. Baby to cherish, witnessed by angels by shepherds a Star. The most fruitful harvest comes from tender petals... Sweet flower. The One true Saviour embraced our frail shell. It's done. Jesus is born in humble place with gifts gold, frankincense and myrrh foretelling a Cross in His future and then Resurrection. This is Christmas. The beginning begins. (c) Richard Starling, 2020
Walking in woodland is wonderful. If you move quietly and respect the life around you, the sights, sounds and smells are invigorating. They even prompt the human brain to produce the happiness hormones, and reduce stress levels.
This photo came from an early morning walk through dense woods in Buckinghamshire- I got lost. All the trees looked the same, and I took a wrong path. I was never in any danger: but being lost is unsettling and inconvenient.
I knew that if I walked in the general direction of the rising sun I should find my vehicle and the road home.
Gradually the light grew stronger and I could see the edge of the wood.I felt instantly better, and could confidently enjoy the woods again.
Luke 2 gives the narrative of Christmas. A favourite part is when angelic messengers awaken shepherds in the dark hills above Bethlehem: the Light of the Glory of God bursts into their quiet reality. A message of HOPE sends the men off to see the new-born child. No longer lost in the dark, their way becomes clear.
It’s almost Christmas Eve. I’m going to be reflecting on that holy Light that came to the world- because we sure do need some brightness and hope! Ponder these words and apply them to your own situation: Luke 2:14 (NLT) “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Have a wonder-filled Christmas.