Go Light Your World

Candles and Christmas go hand in hand, don’t they? We burn those jar candles that smell like balsam and fir trees or peppermint and chocolate. We put those electric candles in all our windows through the holiday season. We give them as gifts. I recently saw a sale on Yankee Candles… Five of the large jar candles for $50!! (Lots of folks excited about that one.)

At church, we have an advent wreath with candles to light for each Sunday during the advent season and a big center candle to represent the light of Christ. We use candles in ceremonies like weddings. Our church has a special candle-lighting on Christmas Eve. Everyone has a candle lit and they turn off the electric lights… It’s stunning and beautiful and moving.

I woke up with Chris Rice’s song in my head this morning, Go Light Your World. Here are some of the lyrics, but please click here to listen.

There is a candle in every soul
Some brightly burning, some dark and cold
There is a Spirit who brings a fire
Ignites a candle and makes His home

Frustrated brother, see how he’s tried to
Light his own candle some other way
See now your sister, she’s been robbed and lied to
Still holds a candle without a flame

Carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world

You know how when the power goes out in a storm, and you light one little candle just to be able to see… That one little candle can light the entire room!!! A little light goes a long way. And one little candle flame lights another and another… The way I see it, our “candle” is our smile. Our hug. That note of encouragement we write. That prayer we send up that he never even knew about. Our gift to the Salvation Army angel tree. The shoebox we packed for Operation Christmas Child. The meal we took to help out a little. The sandwiches we helped make at the soup kitchen. The hand we offer any time, any place. And so. Much. More.

It’s Christmas! Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Go light YOUR world.

We’ve got it all already

I’ve been in grandmomma heaven this weekend, because my grandkids came to stay. Four of the most beautiful kids you’ve ever seen, and they we’re here for 48 wonderful hours. No agenda. No plan. Just spending time together.20140720-204340-74620160.jpg Aren’t those the best hours we spend with anybody? No agenda, no clock, no plan… just time together.

I think that’s what God expects from us. We are His children, after all, and every parent wants time with their kids. Down time. Dinner table time where we ask, “How was school today?” Bed time when we read stories together and find out what was the best part of their day. I know as a mother, it nearly killed me when one of my kids didn’t tell me when they were hurting, when they needed something. If they kept it to themselves or went to somebody else rather than coming to me so I could help… Well, it sure didn’t make me feel like Mother of the Year.

So why are we so skittish about approaching the throne of God’s grace and mercy? Why do we pick and choose the things we bring to God in prayer? Why do we feel silly praying for ourselves or about something we feel is trivial? Would we want our kids to feel that way about coming to us? I know I don’t. Even though they’re grown ups now, I want them to feel like they can call me any time.

Luke 11:13 tells me God loves me as his child. Ephesians 1:3 says God has already blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing. The same in 2 Peter 1:3… He has already granted all things. And 2 Corinthians 9:8 says we have all sufficiency in all things at all times. Already.

Already. Finished. Done. I don’t have to place an order with God and then wait while he whips it up. His blessings and goodness are already with me. The cookies are on the counter ready for us to take one and spill our hearts out.

Hearing Chris Rice’s Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus) in my mind. Please have a listen. I cannot wait to kiss the world goodbye, to “go in peace and laugh on glory’s side.”