Aptly named, David Maitland Armstrong and his daughter Helen, designed this historic Faith Chapel altar window that we recently viewed as visitors of Jekyll Island in Georgia. We marveled at the beauty and creativity of this and other windows on display at Faith Chapel. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been amazed about our incredibly creative Heavenly Father, ever since I can remember. About twenty months ago, when our latest grandson Case was born, God corralled our attention once again. Babies often create commotion and perhaps the biggest reason why is that we recognize the gifts from God that they truly are. We sometimes forget that we were ALL a baby, once upon a time, therefore, we are all gifts from God. If we ever lack in the area of self-worth, we would do well to remember how we started out.
I think I have a greater sense of awareness today, of how Mary might have felt carrying Jesus, because I know what Jesus means to me today as Savior. She knew that Jesus would be her first child, her son and yes, even her Savior (Luke 1:26-38). Talk about hitting the trifecta! As I began thinking about this article, I thought; what if we all treated one another, as if we were gifts from God to each other?
Ephesians 4:29 reads this way; Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. My heart aches to see the tension, stress, and ill-will we see and hear exchanged in the world today. As we enter into a time of lent that began on Ash Wednesday and carries through until Easter, I ask you to join me in speaking “only what is helpful for building others up” and not for tearing one another down. I would add this building up includes our written correspondence and social media too. In this way we can actively participate in the lamenting process intertwined with Lenten.
Only two months have passed since we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. Let us share in the adoration of the Christ Child, by honoring Him with our tongue and good intent as we encourage one another. Let’s focus on the points we do agree on, instead of points we disagree on. In this way, bridges of understanding will be built for all people. And doors will open for us to share the good news of Jesus Christ with a hurting world. Oh Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ, The Lord!
God loves you and so do I.