Twinkle lights add a certain charm and warmth to a room, especially during cold winter months when the sun sets early in the evening.
When I was in high school, I had the multicolored lights (80s child) outlining the walls in my room. I loved the soft glow it gave. Since then, I’ve come to enjoy the warm, golden white lights and have been looking for ways to use them this season to brighten up the chilly evenings.
I’m finding they are quite versatile. They can outline door frames and windows.
They can be draped over tops of furniture and curtain rods to create a sense of whimsy.
They can also be placed in a container or contained space to create a condensed, brilliant glow.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
“Now that you’re with Jesus, I can’t imagine how you feel/‘Cause he’s the one who bled and died upon the tree for you and me… You’re with the Son of God/You’re with the Prince of Peace/You’re with the One we’re celebrating and that thought amazes me”
Thankful for this song’s reminder of true hope that transcends even death. This song reminds me not to settle for the marketed ‘feel-good-ness’ of the holidays, but to dare to dwell on and in the deep joy that rules over deep sorrow.
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1
“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15
The Sweetest Gift. By The Piano Guys
I’ve been thinking more lately about the Trinity – especially the incarnation. Tonight I read Exodus 24:1-11. The glory of God is described… and also that the elders of Israel ate in his presence and were not consumed. This in itself is remarkable. How remarkable is it also that God would come again, thousands of years later, as a man, to eat with, teach, and die for enemies he had every right to destroy from a distance. Including me.
Truely he gave us peace and hope instead.
God incarnate, Jesus came,
Sinful mankind to reclaim;
Born to save us from our sin,
Born to give us life within.
God incarnate, Jesus died,
On the cross was crucified;
Paid the sin-debt so that we
Could be pardoned full and free.
God incarnate, Christ arose,
Conquered death and all our foes;
Banished all our fear and dread,
Gave us peace and hope instead.
-George Sweeting and John Peterson