Only Jesus Remains– 10.Christmas Rain


by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

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

 Rivulets of rain are streaming down the steep, rocky hillside behind our home. In the meadow directly below, it is greening.  Just days after the first drops of seasonal moisture pelted the bone-dry ground, seeds sprouted, and life came forth from places which had seemed hopelessly lifeless.

 Life from that which was dead. There had been only faded, gray-yellow wisps of spent grasses where the previous spring’s endless array of a million breath-taking wildflowers had once carpeted the ground in brilliant joyful color. The profusion had brought such wonder and awe, soothing the soul with beauty which instantly elevated thoughts to God! The hope of possibilities yet to come! Now, so long gone.  Nothing left. (Or so it seemed.) Scorched to death by the relentless, seemingly merciless, glaring summer heat.

But then came the change of seasons. And with winter the water.

This is like life. Moments—sometimes seasons—of hopelessness where I reach the end of myself. Where it is as if only deadness remains. Dryness and no water. Parched and dying of thirst. Faith still there. Resilient. Resolute. Choosing to believe! Yet, pain, too. And sorrow. All this and more unavoidably present and in the mix.

The need for water which revivifies. New hope. Galvanization.  God-hope, which springs forth from the broader more precise truth He brings instead of from my own well-intentioned imaginations.

The Holy Spirit is the water. I seek Him.

And the rain falls. The water runs down.  The new life which God always intended bursts forth from the seeds I was no longer sure were there. His new and unavoidable spring indeed will come. Lord, lead on.

Lord, let the water of Your Spirit come cascading down from Your heavenly throne room and into our midst like a river of refreshing winter rain.  Let this river of Your love be the beacon of hope which illuminates the darkness of winter in my soul.  According to You promises, carry me through this unwanted winter into Your awaiting spring.  I am leaning on You. Thanks be to You for who You are. Hallelujah!

1 Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].

2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy].

Isaiah 55:1-2

SONGS (recommended): Joy to the World (Itty Bitty Baby) – Christmas Worship album; The RiverRestore album

ONLY JESUS REMAINS PODCASTS

CHRISTMAS RAIN PODCAST

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Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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