This time of the year brings a crescendo in the air. As I came across these words I thought they clothed this feeling well. I trust you may share the same exhilaration. May we enjoy this week in the spirit of these words. Let’s look beyond our perceptions of the “baby Jesus,” and even the form of the man communing in spirit with the glorious Spirit of the Lord! Let’s open to the myriad of ways to so commune knowing the SOMETHING MORE in this life.
Come to rest in these words and know that you are well loved. As we do begin and continue to know the reality of these words that which would deceive and be violent is put aside from our lives. We become more self aware of where our conscious orientation is to be. Granted, in the world we live in we recognize deception and violence on large and small levels. It is not that we don’t see these elements it is more that we place our conscious orientation where it is to be. As we do acknowledge the words “precious shall their blood be in his eyes” we also begin to see something more. The more is that we begin to and increasingly hold others precious in our eyes. We actually extend the reality of the spirit of these words in our living. Here we know a union in spirit with the truth of ourselves and realize more and more the blessings we can extend into the world with those we are closely with and to the greater world.
Yesterday I attended the Christmas Concert at Atlanta Symphony Hall with some of my close family members and a good friend. My verse that I had been meditating on was “precious shall their blood be in his eyes.” As I found myself considering this I knew more in experience holding those I was with precious in my eyes. Serendipity would have it though that as I was listening to the beautiful music and song and gazing upon the audience before me especially since we were sitting in the back row the thought and experience struck me about holding all in the room precious in my eyes. Such realization opened even more within me how each of us as individuals can offer such a large influence into the world. The Lord’s influence is to encompass the whole earth and we are here to extend it through ourselves.
As we sing unto the Lord we find the place of rejoicing and redemption. As we orient our attention accordingly what may have seemed dark and troublesome is vanished. How do we do this? We do this by turning our attention to the spirit of the Lord that we acknowledge. As we turn accordingly we actually find ourselves. We find that we are naturally full of joy and rejoicing. To abide in this place takes a remembrance. Also it takes a willingness to be filled full by turning our responsive attention away from the things that divert us from our natural rejoicing state. As we keep our responsive attention to that which we know is true of the Lord we will know rejoicing and redemption for ourselves and in turn providing it for all in our world. Let us so be blessed and be a blessing.