I have learned from the Anabaptists about living simply. Their houses are not cluttered, they dressed neatly, and most importantly, have a simple faith. If your life is not so full of waste, you won’t share your waste with others. If you simply have a job, you can simply help someone in need, be it monetarily or just having time to spend with someone in need. The Anabaptist faith in Christ is awe inspiring. They know the truth of salvation and don’t have to turn it into a big complicated ordeal. First, you have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Then you must repent of your sins and cry out to Him. You must forsake your sins and promise to not do them again. Then you must be a follower of Christ and strive to be like Him and obey scripture. That’s all. If I’m missing something let me know.
Winter is halfway over. I’m relieved. Although tomorrow is the biggest snowstorm this season. There is this homeless woman I know. Please pray for her. Her name is Lynn. She sleeps in a doorway to shield herself from the cold.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.”
Matthew 25:40-43 KJV
Winter is the time of stillness and reflection. The snow mutes everything.
Everything is silent.
Of course there are the Christmas parties and lights and decorations for Christmas. But beyond that what is the real importance? How do you reflect on this time of Jesus’s birth? Do you pray in the stillness? Do you admire a snowflake and see God’s beauty in it? What do you do. It’s hard to admit that the season gets me down a bit. The lessening of the sun, The coldness that comes, the view of homeless people in the cold. The people who don’t even know who Jesus is and have no idea about the greatest gift he gave to us, himself. I think of the people whose family lives far away. It can be hard for many people. But as Christians we are to lift up our voices in prayer for these people. Pray for the homeless, pray for the jobless, pray for the ones whose family are far away. Come together as the body of Christ to pray life into those people. It is a long winter. Keep praying. And Merry Christmas.
As the holiday season comes around I get to thinking about how good the Lord is. But first I was depressed. I’m far from family, my friends all had their own plans, and I was alone. I mean my church had a somewhat pulpit thanksgiving meal, in which I enjoyed the company of my church friends and spoke to a few new people. But a bit of gloom hung over me. Then I was watching Sight and Sound’s biblical musicals. Sight and Sound
I saw Ruth, Joseph, and Jonah. The movies hit me hard. I was reminded of God’s love and faithfulness. And they all ended with a tie in to Jesus. It was beautiful. I told God whatever His will, it’s ok. Then my dad called inviting me to thanksgiving with him and his in laws.
I guess you are wondering where I have been. I’d love to say I was somewhere exotic or exciting. That the reason of my absence was justified. But honestly I just don’t know what to write anymore. Don’t get me wrong I have dozens of ideas, but most (like my health) have no place on a Christ centered blog. So what’s a gal to do?
Prayer is important. But it’s not just a you and God conversation. You need a team of people praying on your side so that the principalities and powers of the devil have no power or control over you. You can find prayerful people at church or even on Facebook. But be careful. Not everyone who listens with an open ear is there on your behalf. Just be careful and don’t forget to pray for others!