Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bread For The Journey



From my patio I over look the valley where nestles a city .
I love to look down on it and enjoy the peace and tranquillity in which it seems to rest.
At about this time of year, the Christmas lights begin to add to the night time twinkling  and I know people are decorating their yards and homes for the season.
In my mind's eye I see Jesus walking  up and down the streets, observing the decorations, looking into the windows to see families busily preparing for the holidays  and I wonder if He stops to gaze into each home to see if there is room for Him.
The season is after all,  all  about Him -- He is the celebrity, nay,  more than a celebrity - He is the Creator of all, and yet so often  He is completely ignored.

May we all make room for the Lord Jesus Christ  this season and I pray that all our homes are ones where He knows that He is more than just a guest.
 " Jesus answered and said to him, 
"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, 
and We will come to him and make Our home with him." (John 14:23)


When I was a child I once memorized the following poem for a church program.
The poem  stirred my young heart then and it still stirs me today.
I'm sure you have heard it before but I thought I'd like to share it again .

                                                     If Jesus Came to Your House 

If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two
If he came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.
Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,
And all the food you’d serve to Him would be the very best,
And you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there
That serving Him in your own home is joy beyond compare.

But when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door
With arms outstretched in welcome to your heavenly Visitor?
Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in?
Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they’d been?
Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard?
And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?

Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?
And I wonder if the Savior spent a day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing the things you always do?
Would you go right on saying the things you always say?
Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?
Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace?
And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?
Would you sing the songs you always sing, and read the books you read,
And let him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?
Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go?
Or would you, maybe, change your plans for just a day or so?

Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends?
Or would you hope they’d stay away until His visit ends?
Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know the things that you would do?
If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you.


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4 comments:

  1. Very nicely said .. all the commercilisem ..it truly makes one wonder how many out their , really know what CHRISTmas is about ,,for us the older I truly worry about the young generation.. and can only hope and pray they do believe .. with all the different cultures .atheists,etc .. coming into our country . it will become more and more diffcult .. when God is taken out of school.s and more is a sure sign of problem,s
    Today being the Grey Cup ,, is more a celebration then the return of CHRIST ,, as has been said sports is the new religion ,.. HOW SAD .
    I,m not about enjoying sports but when it takes over a Sunday ,, I have learned to live without
    also Christmas enjoy ..it also .. as years pass know gift,s etc are not nessesities ... any longer ..
    A point I would love to make for the non believer,s .. all christian holiday.s .. should just be another working day for them ,,
    God Bless

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  2. I enjoyed reading this poem. It reminded me of the priorities in my life that please the Lord. My desire is that I will only want to do the things that please Him. Our culture like any culture is not the enemy. It is our heart that dictates what choices we make when we are tempted to doubt God's promises.

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  3. Thank you so much for your post. I heard this poem years ago and it really touched my heart. Yesterday my 11 yr old daughter was asking what it meant to live in truth and righteousness....I think this sums it up nicely. A wonderful reminder.

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  4. Julie, that poem asked some good questions of me today. I used it as part of my devotions today and I had some soul searching to do. There were many things I felt totally good about and there were some I had to be honest with myself that He may require better or more of me in those areas and 'tidy' those areas of my life.

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