The Everlasting Manifestation

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Yesterday morning I received news of the death of my father’s only sister. Having previously read this passage I was all prepared to go in another direction, but my mind moved away from the more familiar message of a living victory over the darkness of the world towards the light that is the final reconciliation with the glory of God. The journey of the wise persons led directly to a face to face meeting with salvation. Our journey in Christ will ultimately lead us also to that glorious face to face encounter. For some the journey is short. For my aunt it was 80+ years, for others much longer and for certain our journeys are not without its dark moments. Nevertheless, I can only praise God for the glory that shines over my aunt today, a wise person who traveled courageously, loved much, and the gift of her life daily lived seeing the everlasting manifestation of the Epiphany. Today a lesson in hope for our journey. “Death ends a life not a relationship” – Mitch Albom Tuesdays with Morrie

Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice…. Isaiah 60:1-6   For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. 1 Cor. 13:12

“Days Of Old”

How often do we look back on the “days of old” and wish for certain aspects of our lives to be possible again? When Joseph and Mary, after a days journey found there son not among the group returning to Nazareth, any parent could imagine the overwhelming fear of having a lost child not realizing that his destiny was beginning to come into fruition. Having been told the prophecy on his life, surely not at such a young age would they have to accept that his childhood would be forever changed? I know for myself I loved the infancy stage of my children’s life. However, what is most rewarding for me is seeing the flashes of maturity, as they get older until they reach the fullest manifestation of God’s purpose in their lives. At birth, Joseph and Mary knew that Jesus was, is, and would be today the fullest manifestation of God’s purpose. Yet my guess is, Joseph and Mary weren’t ready and would have thoroughly enjoyed the occasional flashes of maturity. They wanted their little boy along side with them as long as possible. The question for us today is now that we know, are we ready for his return within us? Are we rising or falling on his every word? Can the childhood days of old really compare to the promise of reward in the life of the risen Christ?

Days of Old; The Prophecy; The Fullest Manifestation