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!
3 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,
4 [Born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you,
5 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.
6 [You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations,
7 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.
8 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.
9 [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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