It’s been so long since I’ve blogged. It had become distastful to me. A form of mass narcissism where words pounded me and meaning left me hollow. So long since I’ve even logged in, I had forgotten what my username and password was. Newtown Ct. is why I’m here. If you feel these words are giving you a pounding and have the potential to leave you hollow – I know the feeling, but God has placed something on my heart, I believe this. So here I am, for this time, using this forum, to express this God feeling – this is me letting flow the things that flow from my heart and my hands, and my eyes.
Everyone seems so shocked at the events at Newtown, the brutality of the young man who could deliberately set out to kill these babies. I’m shocked as well, but this level of evil and even greater evil is in the world. Children this age and younger are being sold into sex slavery by their own parents and children this age and younger are being brutalized everyday by family members. Evil abounds. Life has lost its value through mass abortion. I stood up for life on a facebook page recently and the reply comment was: “mark her comment as spam. It is 3 minutes of self important whining you will never get back.” wow. Life has lost its value in many ways from the unborn to the little children all the way to the elderly who are pushed aside as having lived out their usefulness. How the great heart of God must break over the condition of evil in the hearts of the very human race He loves so much and gave so much for. I fear we can even sink to greater depths of evil if those of us who are friends of God continue to wait on someone else to step in and do the Great Commission for us.
Until we demand something of ourselves, something of value is taken from us each time evil steps into the spotlight. Until we can truly “fear no evil for Thou art with us” we will keep on shaking our heads and clicking our tongues and wonding how this world got into the mess it’s in and we will continue to be blinded to our very role in creating that mess by our complacency and failure to step up and get on the front line of the battle.
I’m so sad because for the community of Newtown, Ct there will be 26 families trying to celebrate Christmas while dealing with the heartbreak and devistation of this one evil act (27 counting the gunman’s family – and we should count them and pray for them). I can’t even imagine how many people these families consist of – hundreds – and they will go through the rest of their lives never being able to celebrate this most beautiful time of year without having to deal with the horror of this year. I pray that God will manifest His love and comfort into each heart and dwell richly there. If I know anything, I know that God can take man’s evil and use it for His good. God can do anything. He is Light and in Him there is no darkness.
Last Sunday, if you are in church, you probably were experiencing an Advent wreath lighting ceremony. It was a special Sunday for the Advent wreath because it was time to light the pink candle. The other three candles surrounding the Christ Candle are purple. The first two Sundays in Advent the front two purple candles are lighted and the third Sunday the pink candle on the right rear is lighted. A friend of mine e-mailed me recently when one of the children she taught in Sunday School ask the question, “why is the pink candle always on the right rear?”
And the reason is:
The Pink candle is on the right because the right side is the place of honor. It is at the rear because up until the third Sunday of Advent the wreath is still half dark but when the pink candle is lighted and the light shines “through” – light suddenly wins the day! Darkness rules no more or even has even ground! That is one reason it is the candle of hope. If there was ever a time we needed to see the pink candle lit, it was last Sunday! If there was ever a time we needed to be reminded that we shouldn’t give up on the hope of Light winning and reigning, it was last Sunday!
God in His mercy and grace reminded me last Sunday, that through my deep sadness for all the loss in Newton that Light wins, it will always shine through the darkness. And that light lives right now and forever in the hearts of all who love Jesus. We have a responsibility to go and light our world and to be the very light that shines through the darkness of sin. It takes such courage to do this, but God calls us to it and He will give us the courage and strength.
Matthew 5: 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,f that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.g 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Jn 3:16-21