Christmas Now & Then

What happened to that happy glow that streamed from within your heart? When did it leave? When did it depart? When Christmas meant so much to you and brilliant lights shined? Is it just a memory of a passing time? When did the joy leave from your heart and sadness take hold? How can it be that your steps of joy were lost and you lost your glow?

Christmas time used to be the most wonderful time of year for me. It lightened my steps, put a song in my heart and joy just streamed from me. But then came the storms of such saddening woes, and attacks upon my soul. A saddened heart replaced the joy. Instead, darkness filled the spot where light had shinned so bright. I couldn’t see the joy anymore. Only darkness filled the void in me and a great sadness took hold. Where is the light that shined so bright? My eyes filled with tears of the joy of times past. But the darkness and fear to rejoice through the years crushed my joyful song and in the midst of saddened dreams my heart yearned for the joy to return.

Oh no, not Christmas once again, when I lost my song of joy. Do I have to try and rejoice again when the memories of saddened times reappear? My stomach churns with doubt and the fear that joy will be removed once again…. But isn’t it true that once your joy is gone that nothing more can be done?

Where Is Your Light Lord?

Times have cast their ancient blows of woe. Yet, in the midst of brokenness, my love will unfold. Don’t you remember what Christmas is all about? In the darkness of humanity, I sent my Son. One bright light shined in the sky and drew men to Him. Think of it…one great light in the sky drew men to leave their darken state.”

“As they drew near to the light of that one star and followed after that one glimmer of light and hope, they came to a place were my Son laid in a manager. When they beheld my Son, the Light of Life shined with their life. Joy filled the air and they who sought after the one bright light in the sky were filled with the wonder and joy that my love can only restore.

This Christmas let the light of God’s love permeate your soul and let the light of Jesus shine amidst your darkened soul. Rejoice, rejoice and look around and see the blessings of God’s love. Just take a peek at the small light that still flickers within your soul, and you will see the love of God. Once you see how His care and love has sustained you through the years, you will be able to see the star that will guide you back to Jesus. Come on back to the light of life.

“There is so much to be done…so many hearts to touch…so much joy given to you by my Son. For I am the light of life. I Am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I sit and watch over you as a father with loving arms and I ask you to come back to the light of life. Rejoice this Christmas, knowing that the light will shine again within your heart. As you reach out your hand to me, I will restore your brokenness.”

“Shine on shine in your broken dreams in the midst of change. It only seems that all is lost. Behold all is not lost for I hold your future in My hands and your broken dreams are but footsteps to things yet unseen. New dreams I will give you and a new walk-in time. Remember to shine. You will always be mine.”

His star shines so bright in the dark midnight sky. Let the same light shine in your heart this Christmas, for it is the light of the love of God.

Until Next Time
Rev. Marilyn Marinelli
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