You are invited to attend
The Special Gathering of IRC 2015 Christmas Play
“It’s a Christmas Play”
7:00PM Saturday, December 5
Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church
1050 Highway US 1, Sebastian
7:00PM Sunday, December 6
First United Methodist of Melbourne
110 E New Haven Avenue
No transportation provided to or from the play. Refreshments served after the performance.
My favorite holiday, even as a child and young person, was Thanksgiving. It is a time for sharing love with family and friends. There are no gifts. However, to quote a good friend, “It’s all about the food.”
Nevertheless, as I grow older and the years of my widowhood increase, I’m often reminded that many people face Thanksgiving Day with little prospect of happiness. Families shatter; relationships crumble; careers vanish’ drug and alcohol addiction grips more tightly.
Even one of these circumstances can overwhelm us during the holiday season. Couple several together and it becomes a recipe for deep depression and disaster.
Most of us realize that happiness and joy are two different emotions. Happiness depends on outward circumstances. Joy is a result of inner peace. Happiness is transient, fragile and temportary. Joy is permanent, strong and ever present. A teacher once described joy as a little bird in the middle of our belly that is always singing praise and songs of thansgiving.
As I wish you a wonderful holiday season, I’m praying that the Lord will give you His everlasting joy. Your simple prayer asking for the peace and joy of the Lord in your life is the first step to know that God is love and He desires what is best in your life.
Have a joy-filled holiday season.
Last May I was working when I made a mistake. While I understood that I was to blame, my first reaction was to fix blame in other places. As I look back on my reaction, I realize it was unrealistic for me to revert into defensive mode, rather than a repentant mode.
I know that I’m in need of change. Yet when my need to change is exposed, everything in me revolts and cries, “Unfair! You need to hear my side of the issue.”
Repentance is at the heart of our relationship with the Lord. If we are a part of the family of God, we understand that simple principle. Repentance means turning from an action and going in the opposite direction. It is our willingness to make alterations and God’s willingness to release His transformation power to actually make change a reality. These two principles work in concert to achieve what we cannot accomplish on our own–much needed change.
In prayer, I forced myself to face and desire change that would not allow this mistake to happen again. In humility, I turned to my Father God to do the work that I cannot do on my own. Will there be a difference? Yes. God is faithful in the middle of my drama, failure and inability.
As we know, it was God’s undeniable sense of justice that demanded that He allow Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross. However, it was God’s mercy that allowed this perfect human to be killed for the sin of all mankind. While we can do nothing to earn and thereby exact from God forgiveness, we are able to come humbly and ask for forgiveness that can only be given by a merciful Lord.
The Message says in I John 1 verses 5 through 7, “This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace in darkness in him.
“If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth–we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s son, purges all our sin.”
While we cannot earn our deliverance. We can live our deliverance. Though in her early 20’s Polly lived a life that would make a sailor blush. Before she was in her teen’s, she knew more about worldly activities than many others who have lived long, hard years of debauchery. But she had a heart that yearned for God’s kiss of mercy. Her walk for complete of deliverance has been hard because there is no family support or living arrangements that would encourage Christ-like deportment.
A few years ago, she accepted Jesus as her Savior. Slow but surely she is walking toward the wholeness that God’s mercy promises. I’m learning from her by her misses, skips and successes. I’m grateful that she is a part of my life and I’m able to be a part of her growth.
Within the mentally challenged community, there are many young adults like Polly. It is a joy to be included in the sphere of their friends.