The Christmas Cradle

2012

 
 

This was not the normal Christmas.  This year it was not as it should be.  I prepared months in advance for all the activities, gifts to make, places to go, decorations to put in place.  But, it was not as it should be.  Even days before Christmas, nothing was ready; the tree wasn’t up, the presents not wrapped, no gifts had been made, the decorations still waiting for their designated place.


Where is the Christ Child?  I looked at the various Nativity sets I had stored away, but God spoke to me that there would be no Nativity set this year. 


And then the shooting came of innocent children and I knew that this was the Christmas that truly never came.  The families of the children and people all across the United States and the world grieved with a loss irreplaceable.


Where is the Christ Child?


I begin to put away the decorations which finally were put in place.  I gather the ribbons and wrapping paper from this Christmas season which embraced the gifts in my home.  I blow out the candles from the meal which was meant to feed and nourish, but my soul is still empty.  I still grieve.  Something, SOMEONE is missing.


When will the Christ Child come?


Is He late?  Has He lost His way?  Does He not know when we celebrate His birth?  Or have we truly failed to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child?  Have we forgotten Him, His birth, His sacrifice, His life given for us?


The children gathered about their trees amidst their families and unwrapped their presents.  To them, it may have seemed like it was Christmas as usual, but Someone is truly missing and we must find Him and welcome Him to come . . .


I know for a fact that the tragedies will continue . . . I’ve been given “words” from God for more than 18 years now of the fall of this once great country.  There is a remedy.  There is a cure.  There is help available, but it only comes from one Source.


The churches invite you in and then filter you according to how you can contribute to their programs, wealth, prestige, etc.  They speak of “fun” and “entertainment,” “hot” women and “sexy” everything else.  Have they missed the Christ Child?  It proves, without one doubt, that they have never known Him.  And yet, they are to lead us to Righteousness?  It’s just like following The Snake to his place in Hell, but for most it will be too late to discover this fact.  Young people advertise their Christian beliefs through all forms of medium, but even that is laced with evil.


Will the Christ Child come?


Will He?


Will He return to this country which He fathered or will He keep His distance as all that is within us and around us swallows us up in evil?  What would cause Him to return?


A local church speaks of their progress with missional communities, helping their neighbors, “loving the least,” but when they are truly tested, they prove to be hate-filled, unrepentant, mockers of God, gossipers, liars, thieves.  (see FILTERED SECTION REVIEWS) They summon the police department to call / harass / threaten with arrest anyone who writes them questioning their beliefs and unchristian ways.


There is a movement across this country called “Multiply” to attempt to make disciples from those who go to church, and yet, they offer nothing new. They predispose the listener to believe that they have the secret, but the fact is, people don’t truly want to become disciples of Jesus Christ.  They want to be clones of their pastors and that is what they become as they read book after book that these pastor authors have written.


The church is not the answer.  The church of the United States does not welcome the Christ Child as He is, His Righteousness, Purity, Love and Life.


The Christ Child came to a young couple in a stable surrounded by the meek and lowly.  You will find Him when you seek Him with your whole heart.  You will find Him as He is.  You will find Him to be all that you need.


No, Christmas did not come to many in the United States this year.  The Christmas cradle was indeed empty.  Even as the days grow longer, the United States will be poured out onto “death” to reap all that it has sown and there will be many who flock to the churches for that one piece of positive inspiration to see them through another week, but friend, what you really need to do is get on your knees, bow your head, repent of your sins and rebellion to God and ask Him to come and abide with you.


Home will be hard to find in the coming days.  Money will be gone.  Churches and schools will close.  Those who you counted on for support will also be begging in the streets.  The wind of Judgment is beginning and we have surely brought it on ourselves.


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Father, I ask You to cleanse this country of all that is against Your Love and Holiness.  Humble this nation until they repent of their sins.  Bring the lofty ones down to the ground and remove their ability to control and coerce and influence the people.  Reign in Your Righteous Power.  Show us Salvation once more.  Make our hearts ready for the Christ Child.  Restore the desolate places.  Abide with us.


ISAIAH 54

    IS

EMPTY

always winter


The wind began to blow

I felt the chill in the air

the green leaves turned brilliant shades of crimson and ember

that matched the fires we began to light each night to warm our homes

and remind us of happier times


The earth grew hard and cold

the garden plants seemed to shrink back into the ground

as if they knew

as if they thought it would have been better had they never seen the sky

or basked in the summer sunlight


Frost glistened in the mornings

there were few birds left to sing of a new day


Winter had come

I think we all knew it would


Darkness falls early

the days grow short and gray

wicked men seem to thrive

as innocence fades


Small crosses mark

small graves

children are slaughtered in mass

as evil desperately battles like in days of old

to stop Christmas from coming


It seems that evil has won


With all our loss

how could we not have lost?


How can we believe

that Jesus will come to rescue us

when the world is so cold

and dark

and lifeless

and the blood of the innocent flows like rivers through our land?


How can we believe

that spring is near

when even the birds have stopped singing?


How can we expect Him to come

and save us

from this?


In our temples

His coming is anticipated

lauded

proclaimed to hopeful ears


But even their hearts

are bent to crucify Him

as He comes


He speaks truth

and they try everything to silence Him

He heals and forgives and loves and defends

and they pursue Him with murder in their hearts

He gives His life for them

and they want nothing but to arrest Him and turn Him over to the authorities


He comes still

as He always did


For He did not come

to be swaddled and held forever in a gentle mother's arms

He could not stay long within a stable of animals

blessed by the wise men of the times


He came

not to bring peace on earth

but a sword

that divides

the truth-seekers

from the truth-slayers


And He comes

still

to our world of cold hearts

ever approaching darkness

and lifeless dreams

to a world ever ready to shed the blood of the innocent


It is always winter

but never Christmas,

the world moans with the anguish of a grief

only one who has lost an innocent child

into which he poured all his hopes and dreams

can understand


And God weeps over their cry

grieves with them

as He sends His own

once more

armed only with love

innocent

full of hopes and dreams

and promises

into a world of hate



"Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.  From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."


He said to the crowd: "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'It's going to rain,' and it does.  And when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time? Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right? As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled to him on the way, or he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.  I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny."

-Luke 12:51-59

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