Are there times in your life when you feel like you're almost burned out? If so, these words about the Messiah are especially for you. A "bruised reed" is one that is bent over, but not yet broken. Perhaps you are bruised by an accusing conscience or bent over by physical problems or other difficult circumstances. God's Son was sent not to break you off, but to restore you. The Messiah came not to cast you away, but to embrace you, to raise you up, and to bring healing to your heart and mind.
If you are a faintly burning wick, if your motivation is gone and your faith in the Lord is fading, then know that God's desire is not to snuff you out, but to fan your dim flame into a bright light by His forgiving love.
Jesus was bent over for you in His scourging and cross. He was bruised for our transgressions and wounded for our iniquities. His life was snuffed out and then wonderfully ignited again in the resurrection to deliver you from your burdens and to give you rest and hope. He pledges to carry you through. Cast your care on the Lord; He will sustain you. (Portals of Prayer-January 2007)
A friend sent this to me and I felt that I wanted to share it with my readers:
Another year is ending as I watch the Christmas tree, I have been doing this for over half a century. I smile as I cannot believe that I am now this age, And every Christmas it's as if I turn another page.
My favorite thing to do each year is sit and reminisce, Peacefully at Christmas time, I love it just like this. The Christmas tree and candles burning giving off their light, And I just savor moments as I stare out in the night.
The snow is softly falling and it's blanketing the trees, I love to sit and watch the snowfall on bright nights like these. The moon is shining brightly and the snowflakes glitter so, And all the world seems fresh and pure in newly fallen snow.
I think about when I was young as I begin to dream, There was a time when you could use snow to make snowcream, Vanilla and some sugar and then you were on your way, Nothing you could ever buy could taste that good today.
I smile as something tickles me that I just saw this morning, Everything you eat today must always post a "warning" I laugh out loud to think of all the work that it would take, If someone had to print "don't eat" somewhere on each snowflake.
"Ridiculous" I softly said the world is not that bad, But in this modern world you sometimes long for days you had. I look upon the table where my used newspaper lay, And see a full page ad announcing "big sale starts Sunday."
I smile when I remember as I sit here in my prime, When no stores opened up on Sunday once upon a time. Sunday was a day for church and then relax at best, Now it seems we never take the time to stop and rest.
I see the candle flicker on my table in the jar, And realize it's really great that we have come this far. The modern world we live in is so great in many ways, But sometimes as I sit and think, I long for yesterdays.
A day when books lay by the chair not just a TV guide, A day when people just went out to take a Sunday ride. A day when family sat around and talked about the day, A day when people actually sat down to eat and pray.
Today the meals are fast food places where the families swoop, There was a time when fast food meant a can of chicken soup. Drive through this and drive through that and talk into the speaker, And then we buy a treadmill wondering why our legs are weaker.
Everybody wants a Christmas the old fashion style, Just to gather and enjoy the Spirit for a while. But it never happens even with the plans at hand, Christmas comes and goes and they just cannot understand.
There was a time when people gathered and sung by the tree, Now the only music that you hear is a CD. There was a time when people made tree ornaments to trim, Now the tree has built in lights and you just plug it in.
I smile as I think of my years and changes I have seen, And wonder what He thinks of us as He has viewed this scene. Two thousand years of Christmas' that He has watched on earth, I wonder what He thinks of how we celebrate His birth.
The lights, the decorations and the shopping at the mall, The gatherings and presents I'm sure he won't mind at all. I'm sure he has no problems with the modern Christmas trees, But sometime during Christmas we should get down on our knees.
Just to let Him know that we know what it's all about, Just to let Him know that in our mind there is no doubt. We remember all the words the angels had to say, When they first announced the words "For unto you this Day"
What if you encounter Santa right in your very own living room and you saw that he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manor was gone. I asked him "What are you doing?" He answered me very simply:
"TEACH THE CHILDREN"
I was puzzled; What did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said,
"Teach the Children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten."
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle.
"Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man's thoughts turning toward heaven.'
He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR "Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.''
He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. "Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness."
Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. " Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection."
He then pulled from his bag an ornament of himself. " Teach the children that I, St. Nick, (Santa Claus) symbollize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December."
He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. " Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. the red holly represents the blood shed by Him."
Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, "Teach the children that God so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten SON..." Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.
He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL"Teach the children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior's birth. the angels sang "Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men."
Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL. "Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring mankind to the fold. the bell symbolizes guidance and return."
Santa looked back and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, "Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship HIM, our LORD, our GOD."
According to Wayne Dyer from "Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling" these daily practices will help you move toward Spirit in your thoughts and actioms:
1. Commit to at least one daily experience where you share something of yourself with no expectation of being acknowledged or thanked. For example, before Dyer begins his daily routine of exercise, meditation, or writing, he goes to his desk and chooses his gift for that day. Sometimes it’s just a phone call to a stranger who’s written to him, or perhaps I order flowers or send a book or present to someone who has helped him. It doesn’t matter if this activity is big or small—it’s a way to begin the day in-Spirit.
2. Become conscious of all thoughts that aren’t aligned with your Source. The moment you catch yourself excluding someone or having a judgmental thought, say the words “in-Spirit” to yourself. Then make a silent effort to shift that thought to match up with Source energy.
3. In the morning before you’re fully awake, and again as you’re going to sleep, take one or two minutes of what he calls “quiet time with God.” Be in a state of appreciation and say aloud, “I want to feel good.”
4. Remind yourself of this statement: My life is bigger than I am.Print it out and post it strategically in your home, car, or workplace. The “I” is your ego identification. Your life is Spirit flowing through you unhindered by ego—it’s what you showed up here to actualize—and is infinite. The “I” that identifies you is a fleeting snippet.
5. Dedicate your life to something that reflects an awareness of your Divinity. You are greatness personified, a resident genius, and a creative master—regardless of anyone’s opinion. Make a silent dedication to encourage and express your Divine nature.