Disperse the gloomy clouds

Oh, come, our Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by your drawing nigh,
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

The closer I am to God, the more joyful I am. I think it has to do with my perspective and how He shifts it to more of a Kingdom orientation. That isn’t to say there aren’t gloomy clouds, but when I am in His presence, the clouds are more easily dispersed.

I love how many spiritual songs and hymns are so relatable! It’s as if these authors have also struggled with similar life situations. We are all human and can learn from the experiences of one another. We are created by the Life-giver and we should be sharing life-giving words with one another.

The closer I am walking with God, the more encouraging I am. His Word fills me up and those words naturally spill out in conversation.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Oh, Come, Oh, Come Emmanuel
Translated: John Neal, 1818-66

Spirograph® 2

I have been pondering Spirographs® lately. You can too, and come up with your own connections.

If my faith-life was represented with a Spirograph® flower, it would have a large overall diameter representing both the times I have walked closely with God and the times that I have strayed away.

How about you?  Are there times in your life you have been more connected to God’s Word than others? Have there been times when you have traveled down some difficult roads because you have decided to ‘blaze your own trail’? Are you hesitant to confess and seek His forgiveness because you think your sin is unforgivable?

God can and does use all of our experiences to shape us into vessels He can use to share the Good News about His love, sacrifice, forgiveness, mercy, and grace. Allow Him to cleanse, redeem, forgive and renew you!!

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

My prayer is that you know the love of our Heavenly Father and center your path around His Word. May the Holy Spirit guard and empower you!