Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

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I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Interlude

This morning I watched with interest as the news reported that a former Pakistani Prime Minister had been assassinated, that one of the persons killed by the tiger at San Fransisco zoo had climbed up on the fence and tormented the animal, and that a young Washington woman and her boyfriend had killed their family on Christmas Day. What a change from the news of the past few days, news of carolers, light contests, best ideas for Christmas gifts, and holiday greetings from soldiers in Iraq. It seems the "holiday" spirit has been quickly replaced by the same old violence, murder and tales of stupidity. The good news, the holiday spirit, seems to have been nothing more than an interlude.
The Israelites had many such interludes. There were times of great persecution, times in captivity, times away from their God, times that I am sure, seemed to last forever. Those times were interrupted by times of prayer and sacrifice, times of repentance and return to God. Unfortunately those times were simply short interruptions, brief interludes.
It seems to me that our society shares a similar experience. Most of the time, most of us are mostly concerned with ourselves, what we do, what we have, how we look and how we can get more. But there are times, times of tragedy or traditional times when we, as a prominently Judeo-Christian society, turn to God for a short time. Times like the 9-11 bombing when we as a nation prayed together, times like tornadoes and storms and fires when we as a society look to God, if only for a moment. Then there are times like the "holy" days, Christmas, Easter, etc, when as a country many sing of God, talk about His Son and for just that season seem to have a more spiritual focus. And so several times a year, we participated in a short spiritual interruption of our lives, lives fraught with snippets of spirituality, brief spiritual interludes.
I am glad we live in a world that has not completely forgotten about the King of Kings, the Creator of heaven and earth. I am glad we turn to Him when our hearts are heavy and our needs are great. But I wonder how we can make the interludes longer and longer until they become who we are instead of what we do? How can we increase the amount of time we think on spiritual things? How much time should Christians spend thinking about God? Shouldn't our faith be more than an interruption in our routine? I am sure for some, even the scheduled worship times are nothing more than necessary interludes, but isn't that sad? What can we as the Lord's people do to make God foremost in our thoughts?
I am convinced that until He is more than a brief interlude in our lives, He cannot be Lord! He will not be King of our hearts if He has to make an appointment to sit on the throne! There is no place in the Word that reminds us to have a sporadic faith--nowhere.
So now that another spiritual interlude has passed, I pray that we, we--God's people, will live, speak, act in manners that example to the world that God is more than interlude with us--That He is the source of all that we are, it is in Him we breathe, we act, we love and we live. His presence in our lives is not fleeting for He is not a guest in our hearts--this is where He lives!
Peace
Neva

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have struggled with this in my own life--I find that when I make a concerted effort to focus on Him everyday, and pray about it that I am able to have longer and more frequent "interludes".

Pat

11:03 AM  
OpenID scotti said...

Amen, Neva!

God Bless you today and always.

Scotti

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the comment, "He will not be King of our hearts if He has to make an appointment to sit on the throne"--ouch!

Great post--really!

Dan

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

Yes! I think we need to find a way to have the Christmas spirit all year long! without the commercialism!

Carlos

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!


Rachel

2:13 PM  
Blogger AncientWanderer said...

I have to think about this one a little longer....

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Dean said...

When I first read this post I thought you were advocating everyday being worship thus we have no need for the "scheduled" times. But then I read closeer, I think you are right. The only "spirituality" in our lives cannot be just breif interludes. we are spiritual beings and if nothing else sinful selfish behavior should be the infrequent little interiptions. You are spot on sister. Good job,

Dean

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am with Dan, I loved that comment! Thank you for the nudge.

Corinne

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Georgian Peach said...

May we each keep God in the forefront of our minds, settled deep in our hearts, manifested by our very lives!

Georgia

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray that I always always remember that He is not a guest in my heart--this IS where he lives!
This is a very good one, Neva

Yvonne

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is what "living" for God is all about--a 24/7 endeavor.

Mary

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't get to chance to wish you a Merry Christmas, so I will wish you a belated one. May God continue to shine on you in 2008.

Love ya
Kel

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Raymond said...

Amen! I have enjoyed reading your blog. You are a gifted writer who is obviously letting God use your gifts. Keep on keeping on!

Raymond

1:32 PM  
Anonymous CresceNet said...

Gostei muito desse post e seu blog é muito interessante, vou passar por aqui sempre =) Depois dá uma passada lá no meu site, que é sobre o CresceNet, espero que goste. O endereço dele é http://www.provedorcrescenet.com . Um abraço.

2:08 AM  
Anonymous CresceNet said...

Gostei muito desse post e seu blog é muito interessante, vou passar por aqui sempre =) Depois dá uma passada lá no meu site, que é sobre o CresceNet, espero que goste. O endereço dele é http://www.provedorcrescenet.com . Um abraço.

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it!

Love ya
Kel

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Neva


Jean

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

This is our goal that spirituality is our life and not merely an interlude.
Great post

Carol

10:08 PM  

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