Only Jesus Remains– 52.Blessed Christmas

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

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

King! A King! The King of kings!

Why are my eyes and thus my soul so tempted to be downcast? Because instead of looking only at the example of my King who willingly came to a womb, a manger, derision, followers following for wrong reasons and a cross, I am looking straight ahead as if with blinders. I am so filled with my own lesser (and definitely temporary) hopes and dreams with which He may or may not “bless” me in my temporary temporal now.  These lesser goals are my inadvertent focus.  It is the place that I consistently stumble.

If He does not choose to “bless” me with what I think I want, it is not because He is uncaring or does not see, but because He is working on something all-encompassing for each one. For all of us separately and together. His sword is cutting through darkness, which otherwise pervades. His sword wins. He is doing the work of setting each captive free now through eternity (including now).

 He is Love. He reached down. He came down. He is still here. He is coming again. He is Love. He still reaches down. Now. In the midst. In between. Until His kingdom is fully come. In the here but still not fully yet of it.

He works through it all, including evil which is.  He works through it all. In the place of power, which is only love, He sees from the greater expanse of eternity that which I may not want to view.

King. Father. One who cleanses. And cares. Through it all. Rightly. In that which is hard. And in that which I think I like.

King. Supreme. Wiping away my tears in love while continuing to work through the darkness to bring His greater Light. Love. King. King, who has not quit and will not.

My role. Be in this moment. Lift my eyes to Him. Worship. Pray.  Listen. Obey. Go down low and seek to meet Him there. Be with Him in it as He is with me and there gain His view and feel His comfort. The pain is but a moment. This pain matters to Him. He weeps, too. But His work in each heart is toward an eternity I can only imagine. This eternity beyond is the objective. In the here and now. In what is to come. Even while here, there is not a moment which is out of His view.  Emmanuel!

My King!  My Lord and my God, I confess my distracted, mis-oriented focus. Help me. Once again, lead on!  Lord, give me Your view!

Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

[Born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you,

Who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that [c]final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time.

[You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations,

So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.

Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy.

[At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:3-9

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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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