Nighttime -by Lois Macdonald

Nighttime spills across the busy canvas of our minds, like thick black ink; blotting out yesterday’s chapter, as it searches for a brand-new page. It is behind the velvet curtains of twilight where visions and dreams are given birth and nursed under its starlit skies. In the still of the night, unsettled thoughts evaporate into waves of luxurious calm, and the moon welcomes in sleep. Here in the “unknown,” the artist can embrace all night’s mystery and possibilities, then begin his next masterpiece. For the voyager seeking truth and meaning of life, he must travel through the lens of their Creator to understand the inner workings of the heart. Honesty is the key that opens its hidden sanctuary, where deception is banned, and the voice of fear is silenced, all done in the name of love. “He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings, you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield… You will not be afraid of the terror by night, …” Ps. 91:4-5.  “Indeed, he… will neither slumber nor sleep. For, The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.” Psalm 121:4-6.

Nighttime prepares our hearts for worship. The still of the night allows us to hear the voice of God. One “Holy Night,” Love came down to earth to save us.

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SPIRITUAL HAPPINESS – by Lois Macdonald

To find spiritual happiness, one must know that it’s missing. “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” Matt. 5:3. They dig deep into the pockets of their soul and find them empty. No longer wanting to be a slave to sin they seek refuge in the mighty power of God’s Grace. “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me…” Rom. 7:18. The empty feeling of being spiritually poor will never be resolved if wanting nothing more than a long-distance relationship with our Lord. It might patch some of the potholes along the way, but that is all. Having reached this cross-road, one can choose to stay on the road of denial, that they can do everything in their own strength,  or they can take a giant leap of faith into the welcoming arms of God. Having waited patiently for this moment, God seals their union (new covenant) with the most precious of gifts. Unlike a gold wedding band, He fills and empowers his beloved with the sharing of his “Holy Spirit.”  “When you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him (Christ), you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” Eph. 1:13. The sacrifice and love that wraps these gift is next to impossible for us to fully grasp. However, if the new believer follows Christ’s example, and uses their gifts to feed others who are spiritually hungry, everyone witnessing will feel God’s presence. On the flip side, if the fruit leaves a bitter after-taste, it is not spirit-filled, but rather ego-centered. One of the most beautiful and powerful illustrations of God’s Holy Spirit at work and alive is in a healthy church where all the members are using their gifts in perfect harmony. Overflowing with Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Gal. 5:22-23.

Are your gifts being shared regularly, or are they taking up space in your closet?

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