Merry Christmas Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year
By Brunhilde Luken
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas celebration, a time to experience and celebrate the birth of Christ renewed within yourself. What a Gift our Lord gave to us. What a Gift we are able to celebrate each moment, each day, and each year anew;
It is all because Mary said “yes” to the Lord, not knowing all she said “yes” to, because she loved the Lord.
Let us all say “Yes” to our Lord’s teachings and see Christ in all of our brothers and sisters to help bring peace on earth. Then, together we can shout out with joy:
“LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME!”
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,” which is translated, ‘God with us.’” (Matthew 1:23)
The following is taken from my daily reading My Utmost for His Highest:
His Birth and Our New Birth
His Birth in History. “That Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1: 35). Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of–He is a Being for whom the human race can take no credit at all. He is not man becoming God, but God Incarnate—God coming into human flesh from outside it. His life is the highest and the holiest entering through the most humble of doors. Our Lord’s birth was an advent—the appearance of God in human form.
His Birth in Me. “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you…”(Galatians 4:19). Just as our Lord came into human history from outside it, He must also come into me from outside. Have I allowed my personal human life to become a “Bethlehem” for the Son of God? I cannot enter the realm of the kingdom of God unless I am born again from above by a birth totally unlike physical birth. “You must be born again” (John 3:7). This is not a command, but a fact based on the authority of God. The evidence of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God that “Christ is formed” in me, His nature immediately begins to work through me.
God Evident in the Flesh. This is what is made so profoundly possible for you and for me through the redemption of man by Jesus Christ.
This is Christmas–a poem by Brunhilde Luken
I walked through this beautiful town.
The sun was shining brightly. It was so peaceful.
The leaves were glistening from the morning dew.|
I made a comment, how beautiful,
To my guardian angel who was guiding me through town.
He looked at me and said:” you have to see this on Christmas”
Immediately everywhere the lights started flickering.
The whole town was lit up.
A tremendous peace came over me.
I looked at him and said:” Oh yes, this is Christmas.”
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
From all of us on the Commission for Women to all of you,