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A manger at night with bright glowing lights.

I’m sure you recognize those words taken from the most popular Christmas carol world-wide.  I won’t bore you with statistics, but the above statement is a fact not just my opinion.

As we draw near to this most special night of the year, can we claim these four adjectives and use them to describe our Christmas celebrations?

Though we may not know the circumstances which inspired Joseph Mohr to pen the words of “Silent Night,” these words can be an inspiration to us 100 years later and make this special season more of what it should be.

Silent—Be sure to take some quiet moments to share with your heavenly Father.  Talk to Him. Thank Him for His unspeakable gift—the gift of His only Son—the Champion of our faith who has the power to silence every terror of our souls.

Holy—Please, please, dear child of God, be certain to keep this day holy! The world crowds in on every side screaming at us to reduce this treasured “holy day” to a godless frenzy. Keep it holy.  Keep Christ in Christmas

Calm—Ah! Just speaking the word seems to shatter the chaos. All is calm. That may take some effort, but once again, make it part of your holiday.  You may have to wait until the kids are all in bed or before the household awakens but take make some time to drink the Living Waters of the Word and allow it to calm your soul!  Your calm will spill out into the lives of others, creating a peace in the midst of holiday madness!

Bright—I wonder if Joseph Mohr looked out across the snow-covered trees and rooftops of his 17th-century village, all bathed in the splendor of a billion stars and was overcome with the beauty of starlit snowflakes? All is bright—more than the physical brightness, let the glorious Light that illuminates your soul shine forth.  If Jesus is in your heart, let Him out! Shine! Shine brightly so that others will see the way to…

  • A silent—quiet spirit
  • A holy—blood-washed soul
  • A calm—peace that passes all understanding
  • A bright—heavenly destiny!

A Living Legacy

Photo credit: beinggreenDo you know the names of all your grandparents?  Could you name all your great-grandparents?  (Our daughter is named after two of her great-great grandmothers; however, after we settled on her name, we found out that my great-grandmother Jenny Zeafle’s real name was Sarah!)

I was asked these questions several years ago during a sermon, and the point was that most of us could not do the latter. That we don’t even know the names of people that are intimately involved in our being here really puts life into prospective!

I am frequently told that I look just like my mother.  What their actually saying is that we both look like Weebles – you remember those cute little short ROUND characters and their slogan: “Weebles wobble but they won’t fall down.”  (Unfortunately, the falling down part isn’t true, right Mom? :))

I often heard my mom talk about her grandmother and what a sweet lady she was.  I can believe it, because her daughter, my grandmother was a sweet lady and I can say the same thing about her daughter!  We all have characteristics that we have inherited: some good, some bad; some liked, and some unliked!  But this blog is especially dedicated to another legacy – a spiritual legacy.

Dr. Don Smith passed away this week, and for most of you, that name means nothing.  He was our pastor for six years – six very important years.  We were just beginning a new path and had lots of questions!  Pastor Smith shepherded us through those searching times, feeding us on the pure Word of God.  It was under his influence that my husband felt the call to the ministry. In a very real sense, we are part of his living legacy, as are so many others.  His life reflected what he preached from the pulpit.

If I could share just one sweet memory…  I was due any day with our first son, and it must have been that spurt of energy they often mention that happens right before delivery; because, that Saturday afternoon, I made a lemon meringue pie – Pastor Smith’s favorite!  I had planned to bring it to church the following day, but God had other plans!  Labor started about five o’clock that morning, so we dropped the pie off on our way to my sister’s house (who lived much closer to the hospital).  Why did I do that, because this man was much more than just a pastor!  People who live for God have such an effect on our lives!  They shine so brightly that we are drawn to their light, just the way a moth is drawn to physical light.

What is your living legacy?  Dear young mother, those precious little gems will be your living legacy.  Don’t be afraid to “cut” out the good in order that they will reflect the “True Light” with God’s best.  And they will also need to be “buffed” once and a while! Proverbs 29:15 says, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Set them in a beautiful setting: surround them with godly influences (mostly your own!), and one day they will “rise up, and call [you] blessed.” (Prov. 31:28)

It’s not a hard task; you don’t need to be great or do great things – you just have to shine!

(photo credit: beinggreen)