Thank you, all, for the kind words, texts, emails, etc about what’s been going on. I truly couldn’t fight this battle without you all. Simply put, you’ve been Love Does in my life lately. Just showing up. And without fail every day gets a little bit better and a little less cloudy.
I can’t say I can see the horizon, but I can see the colors peeking through the dark. Morning is coming, loved ones. I’ve been going through a study called Discerning the Voice of God throughout this season and it’s never been more appropriately timed. Papa has been calling me to pray with boldness and authority for the things my heart desires that bring Him glory. I’m strong and submissive when I approach the Throne. I’m excited to see what 2013 has in store.
In the midst of the most glorious time of the year, obviously, I have Christmas music on repeat. Two artists I used to work with (Josh Wilson and Starfield) have Christmas albums out this year. I’ve added it to my White Christmas, Hanson, She and Him, Michael Buble, and Mariah Carey albums. I highly recommend all of the above.
Anyways, it is the most glorious time of the year and while the music is playing, I found myself reading Luke 2, the account of Christ’s birth. I’m always slightly nostalgic for it this time of year. While reading “O Come O Come Emmanuel” started playing. Have you ever truly listened to the words and meditated on them?
O Come O Come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
The Son of God appears
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
What a cry to Papa. Ransom Your lonely people from exile! And the response? Certainty. Yes, we know the end of the Story. The Israelites are brought to the Promise Land. Christ comes to redeem us. But no one knew that was the end of the Story when they were living it. Just like we don’t know the end of our stories.
But what we DO know…. is that Papa, Papa showing up is certain.
There are no question marks, only exclamations.
So when we cry “rescue captive Israel” we can know there is a response – Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Take heart during this physical and literal season my friends. Christmas is wonderful. I adore everything about Christmas. But this year my heart feels more in awe than ever of the most wonderful display of Papa’s certainty.