Only Jesus Remains– 20.Christmas Light

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

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

The revelations from God which quench my soul’s thirst are also Light. They enable me to pick up my cross and follow.

For the moment all is seemingly dark and growing darker. Light more broadly still fading. An inner emptiness in the season this year.

It is precisely then in this darkening place that I catch a glimpse of a glimmer. A soft hint of undeniable bright unwavering in the distance. Like a beacon seen through a seemingly endless tunnel it calls me. To goodness. Back to hope. This light in and of itself a hope because the darkness had become so thick.

The Light is He. My heart leaps within my chest. He is the singular One who loved me before I ever knew Him. The Truth who illuminates the only authentic path for He is also the Way.

In wonder I realize that it is precisely because all else around me is so dark that it is so easy to see this Light. When all else seemed lit, it was as if every direction provided a possible path. But now there is but one visible. It beckons.

In the otherwise blackness surrounding, there most clearly is the difference recognizable between God’s light which pulls me toward it with pure hope and the gloominess and lifelessness in which I find myself. This Light shifts my aim.

Hallelujah! (which means, praise be to You, God!)

Lord, there are moments and even days where all before me seems black. No light of hope, though I have tried. I need You. Holy Spirit, please come with Your more. Spark in me Your true life. Ignite it! And with this set a growth trajectory before me with You leading which will renew beyond what was ever considered possible. I need You. I am listening. My hope and trust are solely in You.

In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.

And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]…

There it was—the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person.

10 He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him].

John 1:4-5, 9-10

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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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