Today's Mental Image:
Mining for Gems
MINING THE PROPHETS
This is the first Sunday of Advent. Yes, I admit - I love Advent. Not that I don't love Christmas, though perhaps now days I don't. But I love Advent - the season before celebrating the birth of Christ
when we Celebrate Grace.
I love Advent because it is a time to Mine the Prophets and celebrate the richness of grace, the gems of love, mercy, correction, rebuke, salvation, and grace we find therein.
We live in a world of darkness. Sin and darkness swallow us daily. Even in the church the cries of God's people reach heavenward, "Save us Lord from this dark hour!" But, O what encouragement! For one of the rubies of the Prophets says, "A people who walk in darkness [us], have seen a great light!" When WE cry out, "Justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows." God moves! The Holy Spirit illuminates! And in the midst of this valley of shadows and sorrow, WE - a people walking in darkess - again see our Great Light. And on us who dwell in endless gloom, - A Light Has Shown!