Although Christmas was never centered around Christ and His birth, for in my home Jesus Christ was a curse word…but in the midst of the chaos I would loose myself within the movie ” It’s a Wonderful Life” asking myself, could there ever be a wonderful life for me? Year after year I remember unwrapping a “Monopoly Game” to which my siblings and I never finished….which should have been the story of my life, a child of poverty, a child of abuse, a child of addiction, an unfinished life was my destiny, as I grew older no longer did I find a “Monopoly Game” for now I had a “Ojai Board” to unwrap…this lead me in a direction of wanting answers to questions that lingered deep within my darken soul…
One day I heard the “Good News” GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, and ON EARTH PEACE and GOOD WILL TOWARD MAN! Peace, Good Will? These words were so foreign to my ears……and like the woman at the Well, this question echoed though my soul, “Are you the Messiah?
Yeshua/Jesus came to give light to those who sit in darkness, and to seek those who were lost. And His great light shined upon me, and I found a Living Hope in Christ Jesus, who not only knew everything I had ever done, but who loved me and had forgiven me of all my sin..
He gathered all the shattered pieces of my broken life, and by faith I was made whole through the power of His name. With a new heart, I could see Christmas as it truly was meant to be:
I remember my first Christmas celebrating the birth of God’s Son, my husband and I were poor, but joy filled our hearts. Not able to buy a Christmas Tree, We would walk around the neighborhood looking at all the Christmas lights, and low and behold to our surprise, some one had thrown a Christmas Tree to the crib, so we looked to the heavens and asked, Lord, can we have it?” we drug it home and decorated it with big red bow’s…..
My second Christmas was even more beautiful, little did I know what the Lord had planned as my husband and I decorated a white sheet that simple said “Jesus” we wrapped it with Christmas lights and hung this sign on our front porch, and behold the name of Jesus was in lights….the poor, the lost, the down trodden began to knock on our door, As I not only read the story of Christ and His birth, but also His words about the Kingdom of God….
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. And this would be the very first Christmas of the Jesus House, December 1987 and 24 years later it continues today declaring “GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE, and GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN!”
You shall call His name YESHUA/JESUS for He shall save His people from their sins. And I continue to stand in awe of my Savior’s birth….Wise men offering gifts, shepherds bowed, angels proclaimed His birth, as heaven and earth rejoiced and prophets lived to see this baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, one day to bare a rugged cross for all the world to see, the salvation of the Lord!
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