Wednesday, December 24, 2008

the Bright and Morning Star

"I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am...the Bright and Morning Star." Rev 22:16

My heart seems to smile when I think of this description of Jesus. The Bright and Morning Star. Perhaps it's because I have a "visual aid" that keeps this title fresh in my mind.

A mountain range is located to the east of us, and daybreak brings a faint light outlining the mountains...a hint of what is coming. Then, as a warrior conquering his enemy, the mighty sun rises over the mountains, ushering forth its light and declaring victory over the darkness that had covered the city.

At Christmas we reflect on Jesus coming as an infant, but we also look ahead to His return. And as the morning star arrives to dispel the darkness of night, one day the Morning Star will return to dispel the darkness of sin and death. Forever. We have so much more than our Savior's birth to celebrate!

I'm sad. I'm sad, and I miss my mom. But just as the sun gives promise of a new day, Jesus gives promise of a new eternal life with Him. How grateful I am to be absolutely confident...that I will see my mom again.

Today I have been thinking of those who are alone...or are in a crowd but lonely...or are simply sad this Christmas. My heart aches for you, and I would love to pray for you over the next few days. As I pray for God's comfort for myself and my family during this first Christmas without my mom, I will lift you in prayer, too. If interested, you may email your prayer request to 1sttimemama1 AT gmail DOT com.

May your hearts smile as you celebrate the birth of Jesus and anticipate His return (may it be with the excitement of a child awaiting Christmas morning!).

Merry, Merry Christmas, my friends!


Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

What a beautiful heart you have. Merry Christmas, and peace to you as you navigate celebrating without your mom.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post, Tish. It's evident that you are an incredible, kind person.

Tish said...

@ J, thanks, but it's GOd who looks good in me!

Stefanie said...

i agree. i'm sad & i miss mom. a lot. im actually upset that at 730 she wont be making me get out of bed & trying to take that christmas morning picture. odd how the things you miss are things you at one time hated. love you.

Colleen said...

What a beautiful post. I will keep you in my mom is very sick and I know tht day will come when she will be gone. I am an only child and I don't know what I will do without her. {{{{hug}}}} I hope you had a beautiful and wonderful Christmas {{{hug}}}}

Rebecca of "China, Baby!" said...

Merry Christmas darlin' girl! I just love you!!

Pray we get our Jan. 20th consulate appointment... if we don't , we can't travel till February (and we will miss Owen's 3rd birthday, which would break this mama's heart!!)

I will be praying for God's continued peace & comfort in your heart. I know you miss your mom!

love you,