Only Jesus Remains– 77.Christmas Fruit

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, is and is to come.

This is what you seek to remember. So, you gaze at Him. Spirit helps. He tenderizes you with an increasing grasp of this love, giving you more His heart of flesh (ultimately pierced for you!) instead of your current heart of stone. And as He accomplishes this supernatural work in you day by day you progress. You are able to love more.  

Not just Him, but also the ones near to you. The ones in your midst where He calls you to see, serve and value one another. Not your love pouring through or your attempts to love. But now being ever more in Him, rooted and grounded by the Truth from His Spirit, you do become like the tree in Psalm 1 on the river bank with your roots thrust down into the water (which is the Spirit), so you can always in all seasons bear His fruit, (which is also supernatural) as sustenance to others.  The fruit of Love. What they need as they need it.  The same food you crave and which He seeks to provide to you as well. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

All from gazing at the Holy Adorable Face. Remembering how the birth really was. And the life. And then the cross. Where He staked it all for true Love. Unto Resurrection, Ascension and Spirit coming. Poured out and available for all of us. Contemplating Him. Letting Spirit form you in the process, so He can take you higher into this awareness, so you become fountains of love where others gain a drink of Him because He is flowing through. That place of being in Him, your Source, is what enables Him to flow out through you to accomplish His work in more hearts His way.  For His kingdom.

This does not stop. Joy beyond Christmas joy. And peace. Peace every day.

So seen in this light, it is not really a great co-mission assignment. We are not His equals. We are His vessels, which we can only be by constantly seeking to be in Him.

And along the way keep seeking like Wise Men gazing at His majesty, reflecting Him as the moon and the stars until His Light has fully come. When He comes again, the veil is forever gone and we see Him face to face. Onward!

Holy, holy, holy Lord. You are God of heaven and earth. And there is this place to which I come, where there is nothing left but You. You are the only One upon whom I can rely. Where every lesser goal has disintegrated as dust so that the only way I can look at life—the only view that I have—is Yours. Of course, I cannot gain or stay in this view on my own, but there Your Spirit is so graciously helping me. Empty, emptied and becoming emptied more, there are those days when there is and will be nothing to hang onto here. Nothing which gives me a sense of stability or certain care. These places, which in the past have been my undoing, now are no longer unexpected and with Your help gradually I can thank You for these. Yes, thank You. For then it is clear once again that all to which I clung was but sand. But mist. You are the Rock. You are the sustaining River. You are always there. Like Jesus, You work through all things. And Your purposes cannot be thwarted. You are calling to each one and yes, still to me, to come closer and in that place there is more healing, more awe, more wonder, and the possibility of becoming yet more a conduit for Your holy Life-force, the Spirit of life, the Spirit of love.

16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.

John 3:16-17

1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like [the calling of] a war trumpet said, Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future.

At once I came under the [Holy] Spirit’s power, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne!

And He Who sat there appeared like [the crystalline brightness of] jasper and [the fiery] sardius, and encircling the throne there was a halo that looked like [a rainbow of] emerald…

Revelation 4:1-3

1 Then I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea.

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, all arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her husband;

Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God.

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.

And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine).

And He [further] said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I [Myself] will give water without price from the fountain (springs) of the water of Life.

He who is victorious shall inherit all these things, and I will be God to him and he shall be My son.

Revelation 21:1-7

11 Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created.

Revelation 4: 11

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Only Jesus Remains– 76.Christmas Illuminated

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

The first light of a suggested dawn to come. One last star high in the pre-dawn sky. A brilliant white dot of twinkle. The sky around it warms to fuchsia at the horizon with violet blue above it. It is a sign. One which will not last, but indicates the dawn is not far away.

I expected the colors of the dawn to be momentary, but they stayed and changed and grew even more vibrant as if to say, “Hold on. Persist. And see Me in all things. Yes, see Me in all things.  Hang onto the dawn until the rising Son is clearly and fully visible again. I am the Lord Most High and I am on my throne and here with you now.”

 And then it was past. The moment. The colors faded. Would I hold onto what He had shown me? Would I hold onto hope or choose to forget the glimpses of His view? The brilliant, beautiful, colors of the cold Christmas-ending dawn were a gift and a sign. A message.

Stay with it. God is still there working in the midst. Though there be no other sign. Hold onto the promised dawn. The Son is behind it. He is rising through it and nothing can stop His coming. Though it seem to tarry, actually it will not and cannot delay. 

You may not know and cannot know what this new dawn—this new day—will bring. But based on His example from the manger to the cross, you can know it will not be painless. It will not always seem easy or blessed, but He will bring His riches for all-time through it as He always has, and promises to always do going forward. It is not a promise for no pain or no evil, no injustice or the absence of hardship, but a promise of God working through the enemy’s schemes to bring His ultimate goodness. And love. Leading you. Never declaring evil is right but bringing His goodness anyway. Then the absence of death’s final power and purpose. These obliterated off the map of what we need to fear.

A Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. And will not. Jesus’ life was and is the Light. This is hope. This is joy. In this is His peace and a forward-looking that knows, through it all, where we are headed. He is the One who illuminates this singular, blessed way we are to go. The way life now and forever is to be. The text does not say the Light came into the world and the darkness was obliterated. It states that the Light is not overcome by the darkness. The darkness is unable to snuff it out.

In the darkness before the dawn, You are my constant Morning Star. You are the one who illuminates the pathway and urges me forward. Forward not unto a goal of my own contriving, but into that place in Your heart where I am at home. That place in Your essence for Your glory for which I was made. It is a turning and returning to that place in You for which You designed me. And then awe. The bliss and wonder that You long to work through me. Through me. I am such a mess! Yet, as Spirit helps me open myself to You and look into Your eyes instead of wallowing in my own tears, I am incrementally healed and joy rises up. Your Water flows over me. I am planted in Your good soil. And embracing how now is, I reach to You and find more of You in it. There is peace for my soul. Peace which co-exists with difficulty and even or perhaps especially in those places where I do not understand and will not understand until heaven. Darkness, yes, darkness, which does not lift, but Your Light in it. Your love. Your warmth and blessedly Your direction. Purpose. Purpose for my weary soul which helps me put one foot in front of the other. No longer expecting perfection. No longer striving to gain that one more thing of this earth but finding completion in how You see me and being part of Your anointed, appointed Force from heaven, where Spirit is the hope that through my weary, beaten body, Your love will indeed still flow through. My heart joined to Yours and Yours for mine. Together. Under You. In You. For You. By You. Through You. On the way home and with You now through forever. Bliss!

For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.

For what we preach is not ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves [merely] as your servants (slaves) for Jesus’ sake.

For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.

We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair;

We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed;

10 Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies.

11 For we who live are constantly [experiencing] being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be evidenced through our flesh which is liable to death.

12 Thus death is actively at work in us, but [it is in order that our] life [may be actively at work] in you.

13 Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak,

14 Assured that He Who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and bring us [along] with you into His presence.

15 For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.

17 For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],

18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.

2 Corinthians 4:4-18

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Only Jesus Remains– 75.Heaven’s Christmas

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

We need to hold onto the picture of the manger, shepherds, and angels who addressed them while singing praises to God. We need to keep our focus on the true over-all, all-encompassing spiritual realities which are greater than all we are tempted to focus on here.  Not to the exclusion of the requirements of daily life now. But exactly in the dailiness, while keeping our eyes on that which is greater and God’s overall view, in which this current phase of our existence finds its source and meaning.

We need to hold onto a vision of heaven. So often it’s as if we lose sight of this.  Most of the time yearning for eternal, full communion with God is not the focus. It is not what we celebrate. Most of the time we spend our days focused on everything less. This is our loss. We are missing the point and ignoring puzzle pieces, which pull the whole of life together, and make where we are and where we are invited to go, more comprehensible.

 In heaven, there is no need to celebrate just the birth of Christ, because there it remains the fullness of time. The Lamb is on His throne, surrounded by awe for what that Baby came to do is finished! Yet, there this One, who is enthroned and celebrated, is also praying for us. For you. Interceding at the right hand of Father. His Spirit here with us now to lead and guide us and to help us in His work.  For one another in this hard place.

  Yes. Here. Now. God assignments. It may be a prayer, a consoling word, a smile which comes forth as a sign of authentic love, or many other things. It may be to feed the one next to you with physical food, or emotional sustenance, or spiritual nourishment out of the resources—the harvest God has been growing in you. It might be to stand up and fight for what is right and just for one or for all.

 The work of God is continuing in every moment. He is seeking to draw all to Himself. To be known. And for this place where we dwell, to be the place He dwells and rules with His righteous right hand of love. By His Spirit. Through us. This includes His love for each one in the midst. This work does not just happen supernaturally, but most often through real people, who make the choice to listen for Spirit’s leading and let Him flow through and in so doing to love each one in the midst God’s way. To be there for that one in a tangible manner. All wisdom, instructions, and strength drawn from God. The Source. The Fountain. The well. Refuge in which to hide ourselves. As living stones to be built into the Dwelling Place of God where others may find true refuge.

 All the while, the celebration in heaven is ongoing for the victory has been won. The path from heaven to the manger and back completed. The Way open. Revealed and to be known.  The work still before us. With how we praise Him with our lips and how we walk out our assignments, we are joining in the heavenly song. Because of the Spirit, the Kingdom of God remains near. The veil is thin! These are our moments and season for Him. As Joseph, Mary and the Magi had theirs.

May we let Him guide us fully in this year-round, day-by-day season of non-stop love as all heaven and nature (including us) continue to sing, praising Him with one voice.

In heaven the angels and all those who have gone before and entered Your presence are praising You.  An atmosphere of praise surrounds You because You are worthy. It becomes like an ethereal throne. Heaven and earth declaring Your glory at all times. All Your creation singing to You non-stop as You sing over us. The song rises in a unique, blessed, bliss-filled harmony of how You made us to be. With You. In You. For You. This is where we are fulfilled. This is destiny, joy and ultimate. Holy Spirit, keep me connected moment by moment to the heart of God. Help me to hear Your voice ever more clearly. May every moment of the remaining existence here be sanctified by my heart of prayer and praise and consecration to You, my King, so that You are glorified and all those You love, find their way back to You.

25 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He also is to be [reverently] feared above all so-called gods.

26 For all the gods of the people are [lifeless] idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

27 Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary.

28 Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength,

29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name. Bring an offering and come before Him; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness and in holy array.

30 Tremble and reverently fear before Him, all the earth’s peoples; the world also shall be established, so it cannot be moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns!

32 Let the sea roar, and all the things that fill it; let the fields rejoice, and all that is in them.

33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out for joy before the Lord, for He comes to judge and govern the earth.

34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

1 Chron 16:25-34

1 Then he showed me the river whose waters give life, sparkling like crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb

Through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing and the restoration of the nations.

There shall no longer exist there anything that is accursed (detestable, foul, offensive, impure, hateful, or horrible). But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall worship Him [pay divine honors to Him and do Him holy service].

They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.

And there shall be no more night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will illuminate them and be their light, and they shall reign [as kings] forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities).

Revelation 22:1-3

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Only Jesus Remains– 74.Shiny New Christmas

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

Gray and ordinary-dull. This is what January seemed before.  The first month of the new calendar in Northern California is the true begin of winter. It rains. Where we live there is not even anticipated snowfall to beautify.

Yet, there is oft-overlooked, important beauty in daily-ness.  A God-given rhythm. Drudgery-ordinary is a myth. There are only days spreading out from here to our individual crossovers to eternity filled with great God-purpose. The one who is love loving us in our messes and messiness and still leading, guiding, comforting, healing and directing us to be His love more to the next one in ways He knows are needed.

The different sort of everyday beauty is a visible aspect of the ushering in of the kingdom of God brought by Jesus. Already at His birth, Jesus demonstrating this.  He came into time and space not just to die, but to show us how to live. In so doing, He turned culture on its head. To make holy and belonging to the Lord every second of every day and not just Sabbath. Beyond December. Every day. Every moment. They all belong to Him. For His purposes and not our own. Moments kissed by His omnipresence and carried forward by His omnipotence as we journey one more moment, one more day towards the forever-life with Him. At which point the opportunity to be His active ambassador here will be over.

A life dedicated to God, led by the Shepherd through the land, to be a specific instrument of His good. Where, because of this assignment, we can choose to skip like little lambs through all moments. Instead of perpetual down-trodden-ness. Excited for what is to come because, in the ordinary, God’s extraordinary is always there bubbling up from the foundation level—whether we recognize it or not. Our true-life view is no longer looking at January to December, but from today unto eternity. He is giving us the larger, actual, overriding narrative arc.

The music begun through the Christmas season should not stop. There is resounding of song ever rising before God as pleasing, celebrating, rejoicing incense in heaven. All creation is declaring His glory. We join creation and sing. For His glory. For His glory! To live by His Spirit so we shine like His stars, which He uses to provide the beginning of the light and direction on cold winter nights for yet others. When we know and when we don’t know. By Him at work through us because we are present to Him and God-aware. He causes us to be present to them. Less by what we necessarily do and more firmly by how we are, because we are grounded and founded in Him.

Certainly, buffeted by life’s storms, but strongly anchored. We know who we are to Him. We know who we serve. We understand reality here which is less, yet which is also blessed as it is leading to eternity there with Him.

His peace, then, like a river flowing through.  Our comfort. Our Rock. Our safe place and His Spirit moving and moving more. Our God connection increasing as we continue to choose to gaze at Him. We come out of Christmas more convicted to let Him use our everyday however He wants for His greater temporal and eternal plans for all people like Joseph did. Just daily obeying and doing the work laid before him and God working extraordinary (unfathomable) greatness through this.

Every life matters. Every life. At all stages. Purpose. God-purpose. Beloved. For more of His beloved. God working through the many. Every vital part of His Body fitted together the way He designed it. For such a time as this. This is your moment. This is your now. It won’t come again. To shine for God. To be a cleaned-out, ever-cleaner lamp through which His Light, living in you, shines to the world. To the one next to you. In revealing the reality, He is both spiritually (and sometimes supernaturally) in very tangible God-driven bits of practical love for the ones God places before you and on your ever-more-God-seeking heart. God-instrument. God-following life. Life of inner joy, peace, and His light still shining and shining more into a still-darkened world.

For such a time as this. For such a time as this! From now through eternity. Selah! What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth remain at all times filled with Your glory and I am in abject awe.  Holy is this moment, too, for it also is from You. Holy. Holy Lord. This moment and every moment because You are in it. Every moment is Yours. Every life. In You, we live, move and have our being. Since I belong to You and so does this very moment. Purify my heart yet more, my Beloved. Move in me, Holy Spirit, this moment and every moment to come to do Your bidding for Your people for Your perfect will for Your glory.

The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, the world and they who dwell in it.

For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the currents and the rivers.

Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is the generation [description] of those who seek Him [who inquire of and for Him and of necessity require Him], who seek Your face, [O God of] Jacob. Selah [pause, and think of that]!

Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in.

Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates; yes, lift them up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in.

10 Who is [He then] this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah [pause, and think of that]! Psalm 24

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Only Jesus Remains– 73.Beyond Christmas

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

If you have been following these devotions, likely you are not the same as when this holy-day season began. The Lord has been forming your heart. cultivating it during your time with Him so you can bear more of His fruit. The invitation to gradually come through this unwanted season ny crossing into a new way of being.  There is no end to His work, which is this.

The days of this season perhaps became holy where you entered, as into a cocoon, by your own choosing, and assisted by His grace-filled, gentle, helpful hand. There He transformed your heart to be lifted up more to the essence He is, so gradually you will learn to fly. To see more with God’s eyes the way and manner of your existence from here unto there. To know there will be pain. That suffering is real. And to acknowledge and let Him use it. To join your suffering with Christ’s as a prayer, offering and sacrifice. “Lord, use it all to gather, inform and restore more souls to Yourself. To You, who are the sole source of life and healing, peace and joy!”

 Love coming through this and wanting to work in you until, out of the place of your pain, He has forged you even more into His instrument than ever before. You become one He is using and will use more to reach yet others. In their despair. In their pain. Not by denying yours or theirs, but by walking with them through it the way Spirit of God (of Baby Jesus) leads and enables.

Jesus rose from the dead. There is a rising for you, too. Before eternity. A going from that place of being on the ground unable to function, to rising in the midst. Spirit forming and lifting yet up into it.  What the enemy meant for your crushing and crippling and destruction to be resurrected by God Himself. The wounds still there. Even for Jesus the resurrection did not erase the cross. It glorified it. Jesus’ glorified body still carries the unhealed wounds. Not scars, but unhealed holes!

You are to be more a lamp to shine His Light to others who are as yet shrouded in darkness. By now you know this is not about your perfection because that can never be. But about your orientation toward the One who loves with a submitted heart. You are waiting, listening and looking for Him, and finding Him, everywhere in every moment.

The coming end of the Christmas season usually does not change the condition of your life. It goes on. If there was pain and sorrow before, it is likely still there. But with God’s greater view. This is not a surprise. Expectations re-set. The glimpse of God-usefulness through it all. On a path home to Him. Hope. Every day. Purpose. In response to your trusting worship of Him in the midst.

The revelations God has for you do not end when the new year on the human calendar begins or the decorations come down. You have only begun. Hurting hearts, consecrated, dedicated and turned to God are touched by God, informed by Him, incrementally healed even as His truth comforts, consoles, and equips. Spirit still there always wanting to use you, in your circles, to be the vehicle through which He reveals Himself to more and touches them with great, needed, true love. Not through your grand ideas, but His God-ones. 

For the healing of many hearts. Love expressed His way is the antidote to all which comes against His people to destroy. Such delight that He wants to use you! He plans it. In ways you know and ways you do not. Through your prayers and God-ordained actions in your dailiness. Joy. Peace. Your time to do what Mary and Joseph did. Still blind to what’s coming, choosing to trust God, embracing what is. In hope.

It is the moment You have provided, oh my Lord and my God. Your time for what is to be and what is yet to come. I do not want it to be wasted for this moment is not coming again. Show me Your will and let Your Spirit lead me in this. You are my strength. You are my song. You lift me up above all that which seeks to discourage and constrain to give me Your view so that in Your love I can go forth in Your purposes. For today. To accomplish Your will and not my own. This is bliss. This is life. Thankful! Glory be to You, my Lord Jesus Christ!

1 Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you.

And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried and nursed in the arms.

Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged;…

Isaiah 60:1-5a

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Only Jesus Remains– 72.January Christmas

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

The Christmas season comes to a close again. So there you are. All the hoo-ha is over and it can seem as if a switch has turned off. The specialness for which people strove almost done for now.  The beautiful decorations to be put away. The incessant baking and festive feasts stop. The frenzied errand-running ceases. Perhaps there is relief because the piercing of your heart from the in-your-face of so much which doesn’t feel good has finally stopped. Whew! You made it through. Everyday and ordinary comes and takes its place again in our daily. We are back to drudgery.

But are we?  For those who sought Jesus and clung to Him at Christmas, it doesn’t matter that its January. The vibration of His presence remains the same. This is the Christmas spirit which doesn’t end. It decorates every day with the deeper understanding of how God loves you.  It invites joy. In the midst! Ever more righted expectations of how life will be and how God wants to use you through it. Every day. In what others may be tempted to consider mundane, we are consoled with glimpses of the joyous continuation of the sameness of Christ with all His promises throughout all our days.

The Spirit of Christmas is not just for December but every day. God-following. Spirit-led and Spirit-fed. Rejoicing that His plans cannot be thwarted. Pressing in to learn more. His focus eternal while caring for us here.  On the way. From where we were in captivity, through inner healing, being led through the wilderness and foreign land by Him one day at a time to that forever home (the place of no more tears.

But being plowed, planted and sown by Him in the midst—in the hard now—to provide for yet others, who He equally loves and is calling one by one.  Thus, each day make the choice to recognize that you are vital to God’s plan. To current care and future harvest this side of heaven. You are His seed! A seed in winter appears as nothing. Dead and on the ground. Yet, within it is a life force. All that is necessary for new life contained within it. And then the water comes through winter’s unavoidable storms. The seed is soaked and in His perfect timing that God-ordained miracle happens. New life. A shoot comes forth. First roots so that it is grounded and can be fed and grown. Next that tender tip which pushes upward. And not just to live for the sake of being alive, but for the purpose of producing fruit to feed yet others and to be a vessel through which more seeds come forth, which in turn are cared for and watered by the Gardener unto yet more new life.

This life within a life unto fullness of life. This new life in Christ which is cleaved and clinging to Him because it is hard here. (Ah yes, that unwanted normal). This new life in Him for eternity, but already now. Where to gain your true life, you had to lose the life you had. Where you are no longer your own, but His. Where you don’t have to figure it all out. You don’t have to know where this is going because He does. (Worship, pray, listen, obey.)

Lord, You make it so easy if I will let you. I have sought to take you up on your ongoing invitation to lay down all which troubles. to let You carry it, knowing it is not going away but that you are there through it with eyes on eternity for each one and to use us fiercely and ongoing to love one another now.  To be instruments of your healing. Lord, I am here. I continue to quiet my heart. I am listening. Use me.

And He told them many things in parables (stories by way of illustration and comparison), saying, A sower went out to sow.

And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and ate them up.

Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil; and at once they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil.

But when the sun rose, they were scorched, and because they had no root, they dried up and withered away.

Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them out.

Other seeds fell on good soil, and yielded grain—some a hundred times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some thirty.

He who has ears [to hear], let him be listening and let him consider and perceive and comprehend by hearing.

10 Then the disciples came to Him and said, Why do You speak to them in parables?

11 And He replied to them, To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

12 For whoever has [spiritual knowledge], to him will more be given and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

13 This is the reason that I speak to them in parables: because having the power of seeing, they do not see; and having the power of hearing, they do not hear, nor do they grasp and understand.

14 In them indeed is the process of fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: You shall indeed hear and hear but never grasp and understand; and you shall indeed look and look but never see and perceive.

15 For this nation’s heart has grown gross (fat and dull), and their ears heavy and difficult of hearing, and their eyes they have tightly closed, lest they see and perceive with their eyes, and hear and comprehend the sense with their ears, and grasp and understand with their heart, and turn and I should heal them.

16 But blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are your eyes because they do see, and your ears because they do hear.

17 Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous men [men who were upright and in right standing with God] yearned to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

18 Listen then to the [meaning of the] parable of the sower:

19 [h]While anyone is hearing the Word of the kingdom and does not grasp and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the roadside.

20 As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy;

21 Yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away.

22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasure and delight and glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit.

23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty.

Matt.  13:3-23

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Only Jesus Remains– 71.Christmas Birth

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

Birth comes through waves of pain. New life comes forth through the pain of the laboring process. The little one is pressed and squeezed and pushed through the birth canal and out into a new place, a new world, so different from the safe cocoon where the little one was before.

You must be born again. The laws must be set aside which are harshly inscribed as on stone. Needed is Spirit’s engraving these on your heart. A heart He has graciously tenderized and caused to become once again of flesh (instead of stone).  Spirit’s work and not your own. Thus, the rules you follow are no longer because you fear damnation. No longer do you do what you do because God said to.  But because knowing Him more and in love for Him now, you choose to love others. More His way. The way He is teaching you.  To see them and do as He does, and as He says. Like Jesus did. Spirit guiding and directing because you are learning to hear His voice. And you recognize the meaning and significance of life to do Your God-part so you pick up your cross and follow. Laying down that which is less to fully embrace and appreciate that which is more. You are an ambassador. In this foreign land. With all its messiness and discomfort.

The work of God is not done on your own. Certainly, this is evident. If God is to be seen and known and you are merely human, then on your own you can have all the good intentions, but these can never have the God-effect another person needs. If you are but one part of His Body and He is the Head, certainly you are not the brains of the operation. He is. He has the plans, not for just you, but for each one. All of us singly and together. It is His narrative arc. His story. You are just a part. He is the Beginning and the End. Not you. And the entire in-between holds together in Him.

You are the child. The sheep. The lamb. The beloved. The follower. The imitator. The disciple (which means you are an apprentice and being trained.) Never to become the Head, but to execute your God-given part better. More like Jesus would because you have learned your place and are letting Spirit-lead. Jesus, fully God Himself, listened so He could understand and do only Father’s will. You are not Jesus. For you to hear so you can be that ambassador—that reflection of Father–requires the Holy Spirit.

Nicodemus came to Jesus at night and Jesus let him know what beyond trying to adhere fallibly to the written law was required. You must be born again. You must. Jesus described how this happens. Then after He had risen, He told His disciples to watch for it. Yes, they had an assignment to communicate the message of Jesus’ life from here through eternity throughout the world. But not by their own power. Never by their own power. Exclusively under the power of the Holy Spirit, who was about to be poured out.

Now it’s your turn. Wait for the Holy Spirit! Long for Him. Like the apostles. Both Jesus and the Book of Revelation describe Him as the Water of Life. You need to wallow in this Living Water. You need to want it. In the Spirit. So, you thirst for meaning and direction no more. Instead, you are filled with these so that your heart is brimming to overflowing like a fountain with this water which gives others to drink.

Holy Spirit will come.  He will then increase in you. It is He who does all the awakening and transforming in thirsting, waiting hearts. Therewith ushering you into this God-fearing, God-led and therefore God-following, laid-down life where all riches are found. Especially now.

Before it happens, He is still not absent. You are as if carried in His womb. This Love, who is God, is nurturing you before you know Him. You unaware. His love cradling you. Spirit already working on you as you exist ignorantly thinking you can do it all on your own. As if you are independent. Yet, from that place, His loving contractions pushing you more and more down that narrowed one-way canal, where all other options are eliminated. Squeezing you more than you may have thought you could survive. And with it perhaps experiencing confusion. The reality upon which you had based your existence suddenly seen as incomplete and partial (as if a mere hint or shadow) and no longer accessible.

This is your new birth. Your true birth. The birth which opens the door to your real life. The one where you choose to be with God an din Him in the unity of the Holy Spirit with Father and Jesus as He designed it to be. Where you find yourself in unison with and empowered by the same Spirit, singing and shouting endless songs of praise. Because you can’t help yourself. The songs must out! For you have begun getting to know Him. It has begun. Your life everlasting, where there is nothing more to fear because He is your all in all and you have begun to see Him and how this life from here through eternity will work through the face of Jesus. In His birth, His life, suffering, death, tomb-time, resurrection, ascension and kingship. Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. So that now for you indeed, the old has gone. The new has come!

Lord, I seek You as the wise men sought You after Your birth. All else is laid aside. I look with my not-yet-fully-trained spiritual eyes to see You, but my vision is not yet clear. Holy Spirit, You bring me Jesus’ Way, Truth and Life. I am looking for You. Please come with Your more. You are welcome here. My mind is focused on You as singular priority and my heart searches for You alone. Indeed, come with Your more, Holy Spirit. You are welcome here!

Now there was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler (a leader, an authority) among the Jews,

Who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know and are certain that You have come from God [as] a Teacher; for no one can do these signs (these wonderworks, these miracles—and produce the proofs) that You do unless God is with him.

Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again and be born?

Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God.

What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Marvel not [do not be surprised, astonished] at My telling you, You must all be born anew (from above).

John 3:1-7

23 A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.

24 God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).

John 4:23-24

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King of the Universe

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

KING OF THE UNIVERSE https://youtu.be/jDi-cl0MMzk

In February 2019 I began another new album of original worship songs. (Note the date.) As usual the Lord had given me a theme for it. This theme was personal. The album was to include songs for when how things were was not how I had wished them to be. Yet, God remained, right? So these songs were those with which to worship Him in the honesty of the hard place but with abandon to Him in the trust that He still was. In fact, He was still over all. It was just in my childlikeness as compared to Him, I could not see.

King of the Universe is the final song on this album. It is one of my love songs to Him. In a time of great confusion, spiritual battle and discouragement to look to Him and consider Him, and realizing once again the wonder and beyond-ness of Him, to be able to give Him all that was on my heart and mind.

I hope in this season we find ourselves, that the song can become your prayer as well. Listen to it more than once and consider the words. Maybe you will be led to let these become your love song to Him, too. Your surrender and choice to trust in the midst of the hard and sorrowing as well.

The entire album is named after another of the songs: EVEN NOW. Here is the playlist for the 10 songs on the album. I’ll be sharing more from this in the weeks to come.

May our united prayer and worship rise an incense to Him. He knew Covid-19 was coming. It is stunning to me, that He had me create these songs for release during 2020. He is not surprised by what we are going through. In fact, He has the way through it if we will day to quiet our hearts and minds and listen for Him. He wants to use you even now to bless others. All praise to You, King of the universe! You see. You know. Lead us onward for the healing and restoration of many hearts and for Your glory! Amen?? Amen!~ Elizabeth

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Only Jesus Remains– 70.Christmas Pomegranates

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

The first generation of Israelites freed from slavery in Egypt missed out on dessert. They missed out on abundance and thriving over surviving. They kept eating the same old manna every day for the rest of their lives. They wandered. They never got to eat the treat of pomegranates God had waiting for them because in the face of certain challenges with outcomes that looked potentially precarious, they forgot who God was, what He had promised and let fear over the potential worst steal God’s plan for their future.

The Israelites knew where they had been was awful. In fact, it had been their cries out of the agony of that slavery unto God, which had caused Him to set Moses into action, so that Pharaoh would finally let God’s people go and they could come out of where they were into the way of life which would spiral out from the God as center point.

Pomegranates awaited the Israelites on the other side of the Jordan River. Pomegranates which ripen in winter. Beneath a tough-seeming outer skin, fragrant ruby jewels filled with juice wait to be enjoyed. Pomegranates symbolize the goodness of God’s provision. His abundance. Over and above what people needed. The deliciousness of pomegranates, a God-provided delightful treat. Part of the feast symbolizing the easier life which God had planned to provide, if the people would trust Him and follow where He was leading. Even though to human wisdom, moving into that place looked iffy. (There were giants living there!)

The whole idea of bringing the Israelites out of slavery was to bring them into a new lifestyle, where there was a realization that God was near and center-point. All things under His feet. It is the life to which we are called. This was to be a life which knows even now God’s kingdom is manifesting. The fear of the Lord becomes the beginning of gaining wisdom and understanding. And all understanding of now and forever is found in understanding Him more. Where there is nothing to fear because what is the worst anyone could do to you? Kill the body? Well then, so be it. (To be absent to the body is to be present to the Lord.)

Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world. It cannot be contained by or in this world’s systems. It cannot be controlled by these because Jesus’ kingdom supersedes them. Thus, death simply and finally crosses us over into the realm, which was always destined to be your home, with God and with each other perfectly and forever.

Yet, despite the glory and awesomeness of the glorified life to be, you are also not to be in a rush to get there. Jesus was not in a rush to leave. Mary was not in a rush, despite her many sorrows. You are not to be vanquished by defeat-thoughts of here and now no matter the sorrow.

You are on God-assignment. As soldiers in His army bringing God-love which is a counter-cultural sort of power by His Spirit, where He does work through you to re-take ground for His kingdom but in a different sort of way. There will be battles and hardship. Sorrows and suffering. Even when there are also pomegranates in abundance.

 Like the Israelites who were to come into the new land and live in a God-focused way, so also you are called. You are to stay on this assignment until He calls you home. You are His ambassador. An ambassador re-presents the homeland n a foreign country. Foreign means its customs, priorities and ways are different than that which may make you comfortable or feel at home. ambassadors do not reject that which is foreign, yet live set apart according to their own culture within the boundaries of the foreign culture. Respectful. Looking for connections. Active and honoring. True to their way of life in the midst of that which is different.  Looking for ways to introduce others to their culture. To get to know each other better. To reveal glimpses of the home culture without alienating the foreign culture in which they are temporarily living.  Understanding others do not yet understand. The eyeglass lenses through which they currently look cause them to see life from a different view. An ambassador is not to judge their lenses. Heaven-forbid to hate.  Instead, you know God is at work through all things and trust Him. He sees. He knows. He never stops and nothing surprises Him.

Be like Jesus. Offer your own God-glimpses less through words and more via your obedience to God. Accountable to Him for spending time to know Him more. Living in the reality of His peace and joy in the midst. Spirit-led, moment-by-moment witness.

Because you are rooted in the truth about Your King. Unwavering! And manifesting His loving-kindness in ways which uniquely touch other hearts because you are obeying Spirit and He alone knows what each one needs. You do not. Taking your orders from the Top especially when these don’t make sense and you cannot see how they would have an effect. Ambassador. Representing God (and His kingdom). Not yourself. The Spirit flowing through your obedience. Not by your good ideas. Always only seeking His. This re-presenting the Kingdom of God, like a river which overflows its bank, to reach long dried out seeds that were thought dead. Not to be by words alone, but a Spirit-compelled and driven way of life, which reveals its set-apartness (devotion and dedication to God not by rigid laws, but Spirit-led love which is sometimes justice-seeking, sometimes consoling, sometimes a coming alongside in action and other times just a compassionate listening.

Go for the pomegranates. Dare to listen and follow where God leads. Otherwise desert wandering becomes your destiny. What dream from God have you let die because it seemed impossible, even though Spirit keeps nudging? What is the first God-given step into that new land?

Holy, infinite Lord, unfathomable in every regard and beyond attempts to frame you in this human language, if Your Spirit will help, my heart’s pledge is to trust You and You alone, no matter what. My life is Yours. It has always been Yours. I do not need to see all that is to come and do not need to understand all that has been. In this moment, I abandon myself to You again for You are the only One upon whom I can rely. My one request for this moment is that one which You will answer: Lord, please let Your Spirit lead me in a way which I can hear and follow. Even before these words have been fully expressed, Your whispered response echoes within the chambers of my heart. You are holding my hand and will not let go. All that is required to move from here to wherever there will become, is to trust. I trust You, O Lord God my Strength!

13 And the Lord said to Moses,

Send men to explore and scout out [for yourselves] the land of Canaan, which I give to the Israelites. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader or head among them.

So Moses by the command of the Lord sent scouts from the Wilderness of Paran, all of them men who were heads of the Israelites….

17 Moses sent them to scout out the land of Canaan, and said to them, Get up this way by the South (the Negeb) and go up into the hill country,

18 And see what the land is and whether the people who dwell there are strong or weak, few or many,

19 And whether the land they live in is good or bad, and whether the cities they dwell in are camps or strongholds,

20 And what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is timber on it or not. And be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the first ripe grapes.

21 So they went up and scouted through the land from the Wilderness of Zin to Rehob, to the entrance of Hamath.

22 And then went up into the South (the Negeb) and came to Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai [probably three tribes of] the sons of Anak were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

23 And they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two [of them]; they brought also some pomegranates and figs.

24 That place was called the Valley of Eshcol [cluster] because of the cluster which the Israelites cut down there.

25 And they returned from scouting out the land after forty days.

26 They came to Moses and Aaron and to all the Israelite congregation in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh, and brought them word, and showed them the land’s fruit.

27 They told Moses, We came to the land to which you sent us; surely it flows with milk and honey. This is its fruit.

28 But the people who dwell there are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, there we saw the sons of Anak [of great stature and courage].

29 Amalek dwells in the land of the South (the Negeb); the Hittite, the Jebusite, and the Amorite dwell in the hill country; and the Canaanite dwells by the sea and along by the side of the Jordan [River].

30 Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it.

31 But his fellow scouts said, We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are.

32 So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.

33 There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

14 And all the congregation cried out with a loud voice, and [they] wept that night.

All the Israelites grumbled and deplored their situation, accusing Moses and Aaron, to whom the whole congregation said, Would that we had died in Egypt! Or that we had died in this wilderness!

Why does the Lord bring us to this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and little ones will be a prey. Is it not better for us to return to Egypt?

And they said one to another, Let us choose a captain and return to Egypt.

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of Israelites.

And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among the scouts who had searched the land, rent their clothes,

And they said to all the company of Israelites, The land through which we passed as scouts is an exceedingly good land.

If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Only do not rebel against the Lord, neither fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense and the shadow [of protection] is removed from over them, but the Lord is with us. Fear them not.

10 But all the congregation said to stone [Joshua and Caleb] with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared at the Tent of Meeting before all the Israelites.

11 And the Lord said to Moses, How long will this people provoke (spurn, despise) Me? And how long will it be before they believe Me [trusting in, relying on, clinging to Me], for all the signs which I have performed among them?

12 I will smite them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and will make of you [Moses] a nation greater and mightier than they.

13 But Moses said to the Lord, Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for You brought up this people in Your might from among them.

14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are in the midst of this people [of Israel], that You, Lord, are seen face to face, and that Your cloud stands over them, and that You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.

15 Now if You kill all this people as one man, then the nations that have heard Your fame will say,

16 Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which He swore to give to them, therefore He has slain them in the wilderness.

17 And now, I pray You, let the power of my Lord be great, as You have promised, saying,

18 The Lord is long-suffering and slow to anger, and abundant in mercy and loving-kindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and fourth generation.

19 Pardon, I pray You, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your mercy and loving-kindness, just as You have forgiven [them] from Egypt until now.

20 And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to your word.

21 But truly as I live and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord,

22 Because all those men who have seen My glory and My [miraculous] signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tested and proved Me these ten times and have not heeded My voice,

23 Surely they shall not see the land which I swore to give to their fathers; nor shall any who provoked (spurned, despised) Me see it.

24 But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.

Numbers 13:2-33, 14:1-24

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New Year’s Light–a short story

by Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 1996 revised 2014 and 2020.

Here is an old-fashioned short story. It is gentle and soft. It does not rush. It is not a one minute sound-bite. But a half hour to podcast. And perhaps the pace of it is exactly what is needed after this tumultuous year.

First written in 1996, New Year’s Light creates a divine pause and suggests considering celebrating the coming of the New Year in a new way that brings Christ into it and carries far beyond January 1st.

What blessing to be able to read this story to you, which I wrote so many years ago! Just click on the image to begin the video and enjoy either listening and watching or just listening.

Happy Blessed 2021!! May Christ be the Light to the world shining through each of us!

~Elizabeth Fulgaro