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The Bethlehem Candle

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Be prepared. Be Expectant. Be Pregnant with Hope.

This is the second Sunday in Advent. Today we focus on what the
Bethlehem Candle Urges us to do. It is urging me to prepare. I understand that message. As Christmas approaches, my schedule fills with many preparations I need to do. I ask myself, "Will I be ready?" But I am preparing for more than Christmas alone, aren't I, O Lord? The twice-as-bright Advent wreath awakens my attention to the truth: I am preparing for the coming of the LORD ! As surely as you came to Bethlehem, you are coming again, The flames have doubled to open my eyes. For this and all your many graces I thank and praise you, Lord my God. Amen

I have to admit I am done with all the usual preparations for Christmas. The tree is done, the house is decorated, the cards and gifts are mailed. There are a few gifts under the tree. Baking is done. All is ready for the coming of the Lord. But is it really?
Is my heart prepared the way it should be? Will I be focusing on the real reason we celebrate Christmas? Am I joyful and expectant, pregnant with Hope? Yes, I believe I am. Why"
Because while standing in the back of the church this morning waiting for the choir to prepare to process down the isle, I had a wonderful rush of excitement as the organist played her prelude, "Joy To The World," I felt goosebumps up and down my arms, and my eyes filled with tears. Not of sadness, but JOY. Yes, I am filled with Hope.

Dear God, As I listen to the message and obey your urging to Prepare the way for the Lord, please keep me focused on that Bethlehem Candle...on the preparation. Help me to keep Hope in my heart no matter what happens here on earth. I have to keep looking toward the sky and the wonderful Star of Bethlehem to shine in the East. Thank You God, for your wonderful gift of Love.


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TMOMMA 12/11/2007 12:52AM

    That was beautiful Elayne as usual! You are truely an angel of God. Thank you and may God bless you for spreading his word.
Hugs and Prayers,

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BONNIE627 12/10/2007 11:57AM

    Elayne you truly have your focus in the right place..just wish more people thought to prepare their hearts as much as they think to prepare their usual I love the insights to your blessings. hugs, Bonnie

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John The Preparer

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Prepare Ye The Way.....

Once again the Prophecy Candle urges me to listen.
I hear one more prophetic voice,O Lord. He is the final messenger sent to "bear witness to the Light". He is John the Baptizer. He is the messenger come to prepare the way--the voice of the one crying in the wilderness. He speaks no message of his own, but directs our ears to your Message--your Word--"the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World. " I am listening carefully. I am listening faithfully, too.

For this and all your many graces I thank and praise you, O Lord, my God. Amen

I have sung Prepare Ye The Way from Handel's Messiah many times, and have always loved that message. Here it is from the Life Recovery Bible. Luke 3: 4-6

He is a voice shouting in the wilderness: " Prepare a pathway for the Lord's coming ! Make a straight road for him. Fill in the valleys and level the mountains and hills ! Straighten the curves,
and smooth out the rough places ! And then all the people will see the salvation sent from God".

What this means to me is that life's road can be very treacherous, tiring, and drying as a trek through the wilderness. I like to think of God's bulldozer preparing for the world' Savior, My Savior. All I needed to do, and have done, is make a public confession of faith. This way I have taken responsibility for my actions, turned my life over to God, as I understand Him, and then I will and am experiencing God's power to "smooth out" my life.

Dear God, Here I am again coming to thank you for your love, power and strength in my life. Only you can make my paths smooth and straighten out the curve balls that life throws my way from time to time. Thank you for sending John as the final messenger to bear witness to the Light, Your Son, who is our Son.



Understanding Whom I Await

Friday, December 07, 2007

Wonderful Counselor ! Prince of Peace ! Everlasting Father !

Once again the Prophecy Candle urges me to Hear, Listen and Wait.

So many images, deeply embedded in the preaching of your Old Testament prophets, O Lord. Help me to understand the ONE whom I await. "The Good Shepard." "The Lamb." "The Branch of Jesse."
"God With-Us." They help me understand what he will accomplish as well. As I consider the approaching "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" this day, open my eyes to see you, and my ears to hear all that you are telling me.

For this and all your many graces I thank and praise you, Lord, my God.

Dear Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, I am asking you today to be with me and to comfort me as I await my doctor's appointment on Tuesday, Dec. 11 to see what is going on. You already know what the outcome will be, and I place my trust and my life in your hands., as always, Lord. Help me to focus on the celebration of your birth and not on what my problem may be. Help me to open my ears to hear you and my eyes to see you instead.

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UGOGIRL51 12/8/2007 9:12AM


And where there are two or more, gathered in HIS name. Touching and believing. There is HE in the midst of them.

And I am agreeing and touching with you in prayer that GOD has heard and answered your prayer even as you has yet spoken it.


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God's Message is Coming to Light

Friday, December 07, 2007

This entry was made a day late, so it is really for Thursday, December 6.

Thy Word Is A Lamp Unto My Feet...A praise song.

On this Thursday of the first week in Advent, The Prophecy Candle urges me to listen. and to be watchful.

Your Word is rich, O Lord! Like a pebble dropped into a pond, a pebble causing widening circles! That' what physicists say light is like, too. The sun's light that kisses my cheek today is racing onward to untold worlds tomorrow. YOUR WORD is expanding!
It is becoming, not just FILLED, but FULL-filled (brought to completion) in Christ at his birth. As your WORD grows, more of your message comes to light. Eventually it reached out to even me !

For this and all your many graces I thank you and I praise you, Lord my God. Amen

What an amazing thought to know that God created light, and that He is sending His SON to be our SUN. He is the light of the world. So many times He has pulled me from the darkness because of His light shining on the path back to Him. Sometimes it's difficult to make the correct decision when I come to the fork in the world. Today His light is shining inside of me so that I can make healthy food choices and to keep this Temple (my body) as healthy as possible.

O God, How can I ever thank you for sending your Son to be my Sun in a sometimes dark place here on earth in my life? His light is a ray of Hope. Let His light shine continually in all of our lives, including mine.

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TMOMMA 12/8/2007 1:06AM

    Elayne that was beautiful. We need to remember to thank God everyday for sending us Jesus and thank him for everything he has done for us! Thank you so much for sharing this blog with us!!!
Hugs and Prayers

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A Story Worh Sharing

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

"Go tell it on the Mountain" A Christmas Anthem

Once again The Prophecy Candle urges me to Listen. What a story I am listening to, O Lord, as I approach the I approach I approach the manger and the Baby waiting for me there! What a story! Its's's familiarity...they all impress and astound. The years have not dimmed the glory. On the contrary, the passing of time seems to make the story shine ever more brightly. It is certainly worth hearing...worth remembering..worth sharing.

For this and all your many graces I thank and praise You, Lord my God. Amen

Christmas is a time of sharing. It is a wondrous time of unconditional love. It is a time of love and adoration. It can also be a time of sadness and uncertainty. When I become uncertain, I want to remember God's greatest gift of all to mankind..His Son. He is the Light of the world. He is the light that will dispel the darkness and uncertainty.

Dear Lord,
I am so grateful for you and for you Love that came down at Christmas. May I be always mindful of your love, and the reason we celebrate Christmas, and not let me get all caught up in the tinsel and artificial lights to the point of forgetting You. Let me be filled with confidence to tell your wonderous story. May I "Go Tell It on The Mountain, over the hill and everywhere that Jesus Christ Is Born.

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UGOGIRL51 12/7/2007 3:49PM

    Thank God for HIS light because I would definietly be stumbling around in the darkness.


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HEIDI14DAN 12/7/2007 11:14AM

    Thanks for the great message and beautiful prayer. ~Heidi

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BONNIE627 12/6/2007 1:12PM

    Just wanted to say that I agree with you and really enjoy your blogs... hugs, Bonnie

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UGOGIRL51 12/6/2007 8:45AM

    I just adore that picture and I love that song. How apporitate for this time of year.

Excellent message sweetie. HUGS...Annette

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1STCINDERALLA 12/6/2007 8:30AM

    Good morning. I loved it and I totally agree. The sadness of this season I refer to the dark side of Christmas. Even in the first Christmas, there was a dark side.

Enjoy your day--that is what God intended.

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