Journey through Advent day 5

Advent day 5

Romans 5:12The Message (MSG)

The Death-Dealing Sin, the Life-Giving Gift

12-14 You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it.

It is hard to believe that one little bite of fruit could cause such damage!  However that is how SIN works.  Humans didn’t understand what Adam had gotten us into until God gave Moses the law.  The law gives us instruction on what it means to be in a proper relationship with our Creator and our neighbors.   God points out through Moses that relationship is paramount to Him and if there is broken relationship there is SIN.

God had a plan and that is what advent is all about.  Walking through the darkness waiting on Gods perfect plan.   Just as the world waited for Jesus to be born and begin the revolution that will ultimately be culminated with the return of Jesus and his reign.  Until that day we wait and we HOPE because all because of a baby born in a manger……

Are there any broken relationships in your life?    I can’t think of a more perfect time to work on reconciliation than this Advent season.  I encourage to reach out and start bridging those gaps today. I couldn’t think of a better gift for God this Christmas than a mended relationship.

Journey through Advent Day 3…

Advent journey day 3 

John 1:9-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[a]

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[b] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God

Today I am reminded that I am only a traveler here on earth.   We all begin our journey in darkness and don’t truly know who our creator.is or that He wants to have a relationship with us.  I remember the first time I experienced the LIGHT of Jesus.  I was ten years old,  It was an overwhelming experience to embrace Christs unconditional love and become aware that I am a “Child of God”.

If during this advent season we say we retelling or reliving the story of how dark the world was before Christ.   It should also should remind us what our lives were like when we too were living in darkness.

When I was young I couldn’t begin to understand what verse 12 ment. ” But to all who have received Him, who have believed in His name, He gave POWER to become children of God.”  My favorite Spider man quote “With great power comes great responsibility”.  I am reminded that because I am a Child Of God I too have a responsibility to be a light to the darkness that surrounds our world: To bring hope not despair, generosity instead of stinginess, offer forgiveness instead of hate, and peace instead of violence! 

I hope as you travel through this advent season that you will truly embrace what it means to be called a Child of God…

Advent Journey day 2

Advent journey day 2

John 1:1-5The Message (MSG)

The Life-Light

1-2 The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
    God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
    in readiness for God from day one.

3-5 Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
    and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
    the darkness couldn’t put it out.

This year I have decided to art journal daily through Advent.   It is my hope that some how going through the motions of being creative daily will help me understand God a little better.  He is a creative God and just as he struggles with his creation I will struggle with my art journal in trying to find ways to express what Advent means to me.

Todays entry started by listening to the morning news,   The camo back ground represents that there is war and strife going on everywhere,  In many ways I feel there is this silence from God just as there was before the birth of Christ.  I am sure that Gods heart breaks and wonders when will His creation learn that they were created to love and nurture and not hate and murder each other.

I am reminded this time of year that out of the chaos God has a plan to make things right.  His plan doesn’t include Power or Violence but Love and Weakness.   I hope as you journey through this Advent season to look for the light in the darkness and don’t be surprised if it shows up in ways that you would have never imagined.