Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Merry Christmas!

One winter’s evening a young man was asked by his father to walk about thirty feet out front of the house and retrieve the newspaper. The boy responded, “It’s awfully dark out there.” But his dad said it would be okay…after all it wasn’t very far to go. The boy sized up the situation thru the storm door and looked up at dad and said, “It’s awful dark out there, dad.” But the dad assured him, he would stand right there by the door and keep an eye out. With that the boy dashed out the door, ran and got the paper and rushed as quickly as he could back into the house. Grabbing his fathers legs, he exhaled and said, “It’s too dark to go out there without a father!”

Listen, I don’t know what you’re facing in your life right now. I know some live with a sense of loneliness that just doesn’t leave them for long. I know some are feeling the economic crunch or the stress of unemployment. Maybe the most important human relationship you have is faltering. One beloved young mother I know is trying to live past Christmas day so her children won’t associate her death with that wonderful holiday. Some of you have monsters of the past to deal with. Some of you live every day in a real knock-down, drag-out battle. Maybe guilt and shame won’t give you a break. Maybe it’s been a long, long time since you felt really good…really loved…really blessed.

Or maybe things are just fine in your life right now…family is near and well…you have enough money to care for needs and even a present or two…you have good friends…your health is okay and the future doesn’t seem so bad.

Whatever your life is like right now…this much I know…”It’s way too dark to go out there without a Father.” And the most basic, enduring reason for my merry Christmas is that I don’t have to go out there alone. I hope and pray you don’t have to either. And it’s not because we are on the “good enough” list. It’s because He is good enough to offer us Himself, bless Him. Nearly 2000 years ago, Jesus brought the Light of Himself to a dark, dark world. He is still lighting up the darkness for people just like us…wherever we are. Dare to believe that not only is He not mad at you and working against you, but that He cares for you and has been working, even behind the scenes for your welfare since before the world was. Believe that He not only doesn’t hate you, He loves you…that not only does He love you, but He delights in you…that not only does He accept you in Jesus, but He wants you…that not only does He forgive, He risks His own reputation to do so…that not only does He forgive your past, He forgives your present…and all your future as it unfolds for good or ill…that no matter what anyone, including you, says or does against you, He answers with an old rugged Cross and an empty Tomb. Now there’s a reason for a Merry Christmas! God bless you!

Merry CHRISTmas!

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4 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. Doug … as I head out to spend the next few days in my hometown … I needed to be reminded of this. I have a Father with me all the time. One that doesn’t have any negative thoughts or feelings associated with Him. One that I don’t have to think twice about running to. One that will always, only try to work for good in my life. He has never broken a promise and never poked fun at me. He is trustworthy with my innermost thoughts and feelings. He is the safest place I will ever be.
    Hope you have safe and peaceful holidays.

    AND, AS HE HAS BEEN THE HOME OF ALL THE FAITHFUL THROUGH ALL THE GENERATIONS, I PRAY HE WILL EVER BE YOUR HOME AS WELL. BE AT PEACE…BE SAFE AT HOME…IN THE ARMS OF YOUR FATHER GOD.

  2. Dennis Wilson on said:

    Doug…

    May God give you and yours a wonderful Christmas time together! You are a real blessing to many of us…and I pray that God blesses you beyond imagination!

    Dennis

    BROTHER DENNIS,
    I PRAY THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE FINDING WONDERFUL GIFTS FROM FATHER GOD SCATTERED ALL ALONG YOUR WAY…GIFTS THAT LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS AND STRENGTHEN YOUR RESOLVE TO SERVE AND BLESS IN HIS NAME.
    YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME HAS DONE THAT FOR MY HEART. IT WILL BE GOOD TO BE TOGETHER ONE OF THESE DAYS, WON’T IT?
    GRACE TO YOU AND TO ALL WHO LOVE OUR LORD WITH AN UNDYING LOVE.

  3. Thank you Doug for your beautiful reminder that our Father is so much more than we can even dream of imagining!! He isn’t mad or disappointed…He isn’t shaking His head at the things I did. He loves me even knowing exactly what I did and what I will do. He has never ever let me down or disowned me. He has always been…will always be…my loving, holy Father.

    Thank you for being one of His…and reminding me of His precious enduring love. May God pour blessings on you and your family….always.

    SHERRY, IT IS SO GOOD, SO VERY NECESSARY, SO IMPORTANT THAT OUR HEARTS BE ESTABLISHED, STRENGTHENED BY GRACE. TOUGH TIMES FIND US. THAT’S HOW IT IS IN THIS LIFE. ONE DAY THE SUN IS SHINING, THE NEXT WE ARE IN A STORM OF PAIN AND DOUBT. BUT HE IS ABLE TO MAKE US STAND…TO HELP US TRUST WHEN WE CAN’T SEE WHY AND WHEN WE CAN’T EVEN REALLY SEE OUR WAY CLEAR. IT’S THEN, BY HIS GRACE AND GOODNESS THAT WE MUST SIMPLY STAND STILL AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD…WHENEVER… HOWEVER…HE MAKES IT PLAIN. I KNOW THIS, SHERRY, HE ISN’T MAD AT YOU. PRAISE HIS NAME!

  4. Email Girl on said:

    Merry Christmas Doug !

    This illustration of the boy is so perfect. I think we all try at times, no matter how dark and scary it looks outside, to do it on our own…handle it ourselves. I know I’ve done that till it almost destroyed me….its a horribly hard lesson that I’m still struggling to learn. And like the boy, I go running back to my Father when its too dark…too scary. Where I falter is after I run back to Him I turn and venture back out into the dark without taking Him along. I leave Him sitting in the house watching from the window.

    I’ve spent this week trying to re-invent Christmas for myself, for my kids. A friend of ours pointed out to me that my kids were learning from me to be miserable at Christmas…to dwell on mistakes…and live the Christmas some others have expected me to live for a long time now. I’m reclaiming it as my own and trying to show my kids the joy it should bring. Your post tonight reminds me that on this new journey, I better be bringing the Father along, asking Him to walk with me, or I will probably find myself running back to Him through the dark yet again. Thanks Doug, for helping me see that.

    I’m praying tonight that God watch over you and yours this Christmas and bring you peace and joy.

    YOUR PRAYERS ARE VALUABLE GIFTS TO US, DEAR E-MAIL GIRL. THANK YOU. I REALLY HOPE THAT YOUR EFFORT TO RE-INVENT CHRISTMAS PROVED TO BE A BLESSING TO YOUR CHILDREN AND TO YOU. CELEBRATIONS ARE IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN…FOR ALL OF US…TO EXPERIENCE. THE JEWS HAD A FEAST CALLED THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES WHICH WAS THE MOST JOYOUS OF ASSEMBLIES THAT CELEBRATED GOD’S CARE FOR THEM DURING THAT LONG AGO TIME IN THEIR HISTORY WHEN THEY LIVED IN TENTS, COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON GOD FOR FOOD, WATER, GUIDANCE, PROTECTION, INSTRUCTION AND ETC. FACT IS, WE ARE ALL STILL DEPENDENT ON GOD FOR ALL THOSE THINGS (AND MORE) WHETHER WE CAN ADMIT IT OR NOT. I AM SO GLAD TO BE ABLE TO FREELY ADMIT IT. AREN’T YOU?
    GOD BLESS. A BLESSED NEW YEAR TO YOU! AND MAY IT BRING THE RELEASE YOUR SOUL NEEDS. PLEASE, LORD JESUS.

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