Sunday, January 8, 2017

Light Shining from Heaven: Epiphany

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. . . . The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
-John 1:4-5, 9

During these dark days of December and January, we crave light. We need the sun’s warmth when nighttime temperatures plunge below zero. We need the sun’s light to give us energy and cheer. We need the sun’s rays to offer us hope of springtime just a few months away.

Although barely two weeks into winter, the days are already becoming longer. I find myself peering out the window each morning, watching for the sun to rise. Then, especially in late afternoon I can see how much longer the light lingers in the evening sky.

Jesus came into the world as light. When light shines forth, the source is not changed or diminished. That source keeps shining as if nothing had departed from it. So our Lord’s light shines in our lives and in the whole world.

Our God is pure light. God shines forth without ever being diminished or changed. God shines forth in creation. Every beam of light from the sun and the stars is but a reflection of God’s light beyond our seeing.

As we watch the sun get stronger week after week this winter, let us catch a glimpse of God’s invisible light. Let us see God’s light shining in the darkness, transforming us with his brightness and warmth!

2017 © Glenn E. Myers

This series is Creation Proclaiming God’s Divine Nature, as Romans 1:20 declares, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.”

Monday, December 19, 2016

Journeying with Mary toward Bethlehem: Advent Breathless Anticipation

Mary knew: her body told her,
She was about to deliver.
It would not be long now
Until the Baby would be born.

Soon contractions would begin,
Mother breathless in labor.
At the thought of her Baby,
Mary even now breathless with expectation.

Mary’s imminent delivery:
Deliverance for the world!
God’s deliverance from slavery
To sin, to Satan, to self.

Such deliverance from on high:
Each of us needs today.
Setting us free from self
Releasing us from bondage.

Many things hold us in chains:
We pretend they are not there,
Yet we know we need help
From Jesus to set us free.

Mary’s soon delivery:
Deliverance for us all.
With Mary we now wait,
With breathless expectation!
© 2016 Glenn E. Myers

Friday, December 9, 2016

Journeying with Mary toward Bethlehem: Advent Hope

The road to Bethlehem was long,
Bumpy, dusty, tiring.
Nine months pregnant,
Mary uncomfortable and exhausted.

Weariness faded the memory
Of Gabriel’s visit,
Of God’s promise,
Of the purpose for this all.

Now it was pure stamina,
Discipline to stay focused.
Obedience keeps saying “yes,”
Fortitude, pure and simple.

But behind such endurance
Lay hope—divine hope.
God’s Spirit traveled with Mary,
Albeit hid in the dust from the road.

God’s Spirit journeys with us too,
As we walk beside Mary.
We follow in obedience,
Persevering in spiritual pilgrimage.

Even if we cannot feel it,
Hope within disappoints not.
God’s plans still stand firm,
Buoying us up in hope!

© 2016 Glenn E. Myers

Monday, December 5, 2016

Journeying with Mary toward Bethlehem: Advent Secret

What were the rumors?
Mary pregnant without husband:
Joseph must be blamed,
Or perhaps it was another.

Did such words hurt her
As she and Joseph traveled south?
Seeking Bethlehem,
Was she ostracized and shamed?

Yet held in her heart,
Mary had a secret from God:
Her child was holy,
From the Holy Spirit Divine.

Mary spoke in faith:
“Behold the servant of the Lord,
Be it done to me,
According to God’s promised word.”

As Advent moves on
We travel along with Mary,
Sharing in her secret:
God mysteriously at work.

Then we join her prayer:
“Here I am, the Lord God’s servant,
Be it done to me,
According to God’s promised word!”

© 2016 Glenn E. Myers

Friday, November 25, 2016

Journeying with Mary toward Bethlehem: Advent Expectation

Mary expecting,
Her womb great with child.
Pregnant with her firstborn,
God’s Only Begotten Son.

Mary’s heart full of expectation:
She would be a mother!
What will it be like to give birth?
How will she rear the Son of God?

Soon to travel toward Bethlehem,
The city of David, Joseph’s ancestor.
How will the trip go?
Where will I deliver?

Expectation of good,
Mixed with apprehension.
She prepares for Bethlehem,
For the birth of the Christ child.

This Advent we join Mary
Along a bumpy road,
Many unanswered questions,
Yet hearts full of expectation.

These four weeks we move forward,
Co-traveling to Bethlehem,
Expectation of new life for each of us,
Opening ourselves afresh to New Birth!

© 2016 Glenn E. Myers

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving: The Whole Earth is filled with Awe at Your Wonders!

What an opportunity we have to express our thanks to God on this Thanksgiving Day. We join people across the nation in awe of God’s goodness toward us. He has indeed blessed our crops and crowned the year with bounty!

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
    where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    you call forth songs of joy.
You care for the land and water it;
    you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
    to provide the people with grain,
    for so you have ordained it.
You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
    you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
You crown the year with your bounty,
    and your carts overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
    the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
    and the valleys are mantled with grain;
    they shout for joy and sing.
            -Psalm 65:8-13

Thank you, O God Eternal, for your goodness toward us, for your provision of food and clothing and shelter. We shout for joy and sing of your greatness and your kindness toward us. Thank you, O Lord. Amen.

2016 © Glenn E. Myers

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Thanksgiving: Beholding God's Goodness

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
            -Psalm 34:8

From beginning to end, our God is pure good! God is good in the sense of always having our best in mind. He is good, wills good, and does good. 

As we read through the Psalms, we become impressed how often they declare God’s goodness. The Lord has good intentions: “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, / And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You” (Psalm 86:5, NASB).

The Almighty does not withhold any good thing from those who seek him and obey him:

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.
            -Psalm 84:11 (ESV) (see also Psalm 34:10)

The Lord blesses crops, giving food for all (Psalm 85:12). Moreover, the Almighty provides for all our needs: “For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, / And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good” (Psalm 107:9, NASB).

However, we often miss the Lord’s gifts. Preoccupied with activity and weighed down with cares, we walk right past the good things all around us. We fail to behold what the Almighty has given us.

A wonderful spiritual exercise is going through the day, spotting all the little manifestations of God’s goodness. I have sought to practice this many days over the past couple of years. In the morning see the Lord’s goodness in providing breakfast, causing the sun to rise, providing a job, surrounding me with a wife and many friends. Throughout the day I see the Almighty’s provision and care displaying his goodness toward me.

At bedtime, I think of 3 things for which I am grateful and express my thanks to the Lord. Then in the morning as my feet touch the floor, I begin my day by expressing gratitude for 3 more blessings.

The practice of looking for God’s goodness totally changes my perspective and attitude as I do so. This month of Thanksgiving is an excellent time for this simple but profound practice. I invite you to join with me in actively and intentionally beholding God’s goodness. Indeed, “The LORD is good to all, / And His mercies are over all His works” (Psalm 145:9)!

2016 © Glenn E. Myers

This series is Creation Proclaiming God’s Divine Nature, as Romans 1:20 declares, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.”