I was speaking with a truly Christian women who felt there was no need to go to Mary, Jesus’ Mother. It seemed like a step backwards for her – why go to Mary when you can go straight to Jesus/God? At the time I came up with my usual no answer or comment. I’m real slow on the draw when it comes to verbal responses. I get tongue tied and never know what to say. I love Mary and go to her all the time. I get to Mary through her Son. When I was a little girl I got to her Son through her. Mother Mary is the first tabernacle. She held Jesus first and yet He made her. So here is what I should have shared. Holy Mary, the Mother of God is our gift and perfect example of ‘women’ from God. I can glean grace and help for all kinds of daily details from Mary, and it’s not as if I’m going behind Jesus’ back. She is with Him always. Who knows Jesus better than His Mother? When I am looking for the perfect gift for Michaela (an 18 year old beauty who graces our family) I go to her Mom, Erin. She knows just the right thing. Jesus has a plan, but has been known to change it when asked by His Mother.
“Brothers and sisters, pray for us. Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25-26
“Greet one another with a holy kiss.” Romans 16:16
“all the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.” 1 Corinthians 16:20
“Greet one another with a holy kiss.” 2 Corinthians 13:12
This holy kiss is a form of a sacred greeting not to be confused with anything sexual, hypocritical, evil or deceitful. It was designed to make family of us all. The family of Christians. We are our Lord’s followers who are brothers and sisters in Christ! Wouldn’t it be great if all the Christian churches recognized each other with this sincere affection and friendship and we displayed our mutual love of God with a kiss. I think that would please God.
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
“Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, You have got a manger bed.” I love the words and melody of this song, we are practicing as a choir for Christmas. It’s an American folk song about the Son of God sleeping in a trough – a raised structure to feed the animals from. He is the Bread come down from heaven, Jesus the baby in the manger is the food for our souls.
“I am the bread of life” John 5:48
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Jesus saved us because He Loved us not because of anything we did.
Jesus was betrayed with a kiss.
“It’s more than rejection. Rejection opens a wound; betrayal pours the salt. It’s more than loneliness. Loneliness leaves you in the cold; betrayal closes the door. It’s more than mockery. Mockery plunges the knife; betrayal twists it. It’s more than an insult. An insult attacks your pride; betrayal breaks your heart.”
“Betrayal….when your world turns against you. Betrayal….where there is opportunity for love, there is opportunity for hurt.” …Quotes from Max Lucado
The Only Son of God has suffered it all. He suffered for love for us, for you. Bring your hurt and despair to Him. The God of Love!
Only God can fully satisfy the hungry heart of man. …Hugh Black
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled. …Matthew 5:6 NIV
He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him. Proverbs 26:27
I am about to repeat myself with this one. Lying and spreading vicious stories about another is analogous to the story of the hole digger “digging holes for others to fall into” and how the only one to fall into that hole is the digger. This analogy impressed me strongly because, as an artist, I’m visual. Whenever we set out to hurt others by telling lies about them or exposing some hurtful episodes (that are none of our business), we dig a pit, ditch, trench, hole to bury ourselves in. We all make errors in judgement and we all sin. Why not move on, onto holy ground. Be grounded by the words of God in the Bible. Lead a life that reflects love for your neighbor, friend, associate, fellow firefighter or family member. It is so much easier, sweeter and more palatable to tell the truth and live with it than to spread a lie and suffer the consequence.