Heaven's Light For Life's Dark Days
Dan R. Hill
My favorite philosopher on life, Charlie Brown, was having a deep philosophical conversation with Lucy, and if you know the "Peanuts" cartoon strip, you know how dogmatic Lucy tends to be. Charlie Brown is listening to Lucy pontificate and she says, "Charlie Brown, life is a lot like a deck chair on a cruise ship. Some place their chair so they can see where they are going. Others place theirs so they can see where they have been. And some put their chair so they can see where they are at the present."
Charlie Brown sighs and says, "I can't even get mine unfolded!"
I don't know where all of you have positioned your chair this Christmas season, but for a lot of people, frankly, this is not the most wonderful time of the year. In the last two weeks, I have talked with more people than ever who are struggling this Christmas season with a dark perspective. We have people and families who are struggling with life-threatening illnesses with people they love, and they are wondering if this is the last Christmas they will have them. I talked with a man who, through no fault of his own, lost his job this year and he's struggling with the emotions of the unfairness of the whole thing; that sense of desperation with regards to his family needs coupled with questions regarding self-worth are almost overwhelming. There is the family that has been shredded by division and disappointment and some family members are not speaking to other family members.
This is not the message that I planned to bring, nor is it one that I really wanted to bring; but it is one that I feel I must bring. And I am asking God to help me, help you with one of life's most common experiences.
In Isaiah 50:10, there is a question that is asked: "Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant?" And that question is answered this way: "It is the one who is walking in darkness with no light AND YET he trusts in ...
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