Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Let Your Christmas Lights Shine!

"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew 1:23
A few years ago, Jim and Joshua worked on a special father-son Christmas project. For years, Jim had wanted to illuminate the name of Jesus with Christmas lights in our humble, yet meaningful, Christmas light display to highlight the One whose birth we celebrate during this blessed season. When Joshua was old enough, they accomplished this little dream together.
This year, as they were traditionally putting up our outside Christmas lights again on Thanksgiving weekend, Jim explained to Joshua why we use certain colored lights for our Christmas display. "Jesus Emmanuel" is in white to represent His purity and holiness. He makes us righteous and perfect positionally through His redemption. The red lights represent Christ's blood He willing spilled out for us on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sin. We are cleansed by His blood if we receive Him into our hearts and abide in Him. The green lights represent our new life in Him and the life and fruit He produces through our surrendered lives in Him.

As we celebrate our Savior's birth this Christmas season, we pray our hearts are continually yielded to the One we celebrate: The Prince of Peace.

In one of my favorite devotionals, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, she writes this:

"I AM THE PRINCE OF PEACE. As I said to My disciples, I say also to you: Peace be with you. Since I am your constant Companion, my peace is steadfastly with you. When you keep your focus on Me, you experience both My Presence and My Peace. Worship Me as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and Prince of Peace. You need My peace each moment to accomplish My purposes in your life. Sometimes you are tempted to take shortcuts in order to reach your goal as quickly as possible. But if the shortcut requires turning your back on My peaceful Presence, you must choose the longer route. Walk with Me along paths of peace; enjoy the journey in My Presence."

May the Prince of Peace be illuminated in and through our hearts. May we always follow His precious paths of peace and not cheapened shortcuts. May we be thankful His purity can wash over us and cleanse us through His precious blood. May we surrender our lives to Him so He can bear fruit through us for His glory.

Let's let our Light and lights shine!

"For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Isaiah 9:6

6 comments:

Runner Mom said...

Hey, Sharon!
I love the lights! What a great and meaningful project!

I just read that awesome devotional as well. Thank you so much for sharing Sarah Young with me! God truly uses her writing to speak to my heart.

Blessings,
Susan

Joyful said...

Your house looks beautiful - announcing the King of kings!

I read your comment on Lysa's blog (about flying). Are you aware that my tremendous fear of flying almost kept me from obeying the Lord this summer in attending the "She Speaks" conference? Flying was my number one fear. You can read about my roller coaster journey on my blog, but the post where God answered and carried me is here: http://princessjoyful.blogspot.com/2008/06/beyond-my-wildest-dreams.html

I just related to your comment on Lysa's blog - I've been there and you're not alone - but I found Joy in a BIG God!

Love & prayers,
Joy

Chatty Kelly said...

What a wonderful project. Joshua will remember that all his life. Thank you for sharing.

Edie said...

I just love your Christmas lights! Now I'm thinking how I might construct something like this for my yard. LOL. I just can't leave a good project alone. :)

Gayla said...

I love the lights! You got me to thinking and I'm dreaming up a new project for us!

Jill said...

Sharon thanks for all the prayers this week!

We are home - THANK GOD! Lexi is better and we are trusting God for complete healing!

Your story is so touching and I love how you had Jim explain the meaning behind the different color lights!

Praise God for the love your son and Jim share - and how they both want to shine His love to everyone!

Give everyone a hug for us!

Miss you!
Love,
Jill