the gift of wood

Immanuel…God With Us…we hear this name of Jesus so often during this time of Christmas cheer.  This name in particular has been very present, powerful and dear to me in the past few years…and really as long as I have known there was one that I could call God…Jesus…He has been with me.

My mind flashes to three aspects that reveal God with me.

The manger bed…God in flesh…born into a dark world and bringing light to illuminate our paths…our lives…God with us…Jesus coming to live just like us…laughing, crying, eating, sleeping, scraping His knees just like us…

On an ordinary day…an extraordinary Babe…the Light of the World

A boat…cast  onto the waters…Jesus with them…all was calm and then in an instant, it was not…the storms of life crashed against this small vessel’s walls…Jesus in the cheap seats…asleep…at peace…Jesus in that same boat…with them…with you…with me…He promised the other side was a sure destination…no need to lean over the side of the boat to paddle…useless to crane ones neck down front to see when the dark clouds will subside uncovering blue…Peace…Be Still!

On an ordinary day…an extraordinary Man…The Prince of Peace

A cross…the burdens of mankind transferred from our shoulders and thrust upon His…the sins that separate us from God nailed to hands and feet…death would have no mastery over Him…resurrecting power would bring new life to us…eternal life as our new-found hope…

On an ordinary day…an extraordinary God…The Savior of the World

An ordinary material…wood…not sought by many…nor precious by any means…yet God used the ordinary to exhibit the extraordinary…to show us…to  remind us that in every aspect of life, each ordinary day…He  brings light, peace and deliverance… He is God With Us...Immanuel

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

Colossians 1: 15-20

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,  and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”

Ephesians 2: 14-18

Only God could take blocks of wood and create such an amazing gift…

May our ordinary days be ambushed by the extraordinary God who is with us…

 

****fresh from the archives complete with all those ellipses 🙂

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8 thoughts on “the gift of wood

  1. What beautiful words. (but then again, you never disappoint me.) I loved the picture that you painted for me today. An ordinary day (there are so many of those)…and my extraordinary God. What a blessing.

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  2. ci says:

    I cannot explain what your beautiful post meant to me. God’s timing is perfect. My computer is all messed up and I can’t email you…but perhaps this will reach you. You wrote beautifully and it was such a balm for my soul this morning. Thanks for sharing your gift. Our coffee date will be rescheduled…Love to you, precious friend.

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  3. Thanks ladies…you bless me to no end…

    Hey Cher, I am glad you stopped by…and I can’t wait until we can have one of our “short” coffee dates either…you are a blessing…I love you too, dear friend of mine!

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  4. Just what you said here is so true! I especially liked it when you said, “He brings light, peace and deliverance… He is God With Us…Immanuel…” What a message to give to a dark and hurting world!

    Oh and I love your new header. Your son is sooooo adorable. What a great picture!!!

    Blessings for a wonderful Christmas dear one!

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