I had a great day today touring NYC with my son & daughter-in-law. If was exciting to see the the lights, storefronts, smell the chestnuts roasting as the street vendors called for our attention to purchase their items. The Rockefeller Tree was light with every passer-by snapping a photo of a tree that once had roots but now stood as an attraction, a spectacle to see. I stood right below the 2019 NYC Ball. Confetti still floating in the air being carried away by the breeze.
Last night I was in church welcoming the 2019 year in an atmosphere of worship and voices giving testimony of God’s faithfulness. It was HIS glorious presence that knit us together.
This evening I’m on the couch with my husband watching some old church videos that included friends and family from years back. A virtual memory lane. As the music played in the background, I found myself fixed on the faces that scrolled by me.
Some are no longer with us. I began to feel their need for love and acceptance. A cry for every face that scrolled by. I believe the Lord was giving me a glimpse of his heart.
We are all the same. Men and women longing to belong and to share moments of laughter and expressions of life together.
We need one another to laugh with but also to cry with. Life can be difficult, but God has given us one another to explore and travel through this life together.
I’m no different than my next-door neighbor or the stranger on the other side of the earth.
The writer of the song “What Can I Do” by Tye Tribbett puts it like this,
Tell me what can I do
Cause I can't live without
I can't live without you
So here's my heart.
Here's my mind
I give you my soul
Need you to take control
Cause I've tried it
Tried it on my own but
What I found is
I can't make it
On my own
This song is a cry out to God, but I believe it’s also a heart pleading to experience love & acceptance from one another. We all fail. But with God’s help and one another’s encouragement we can rise again. Stay connected with me is the heart’s plea. I don’t want to do life by myself. Let’s experience life together and even the toils and the pain. Together we can hold one another up. We can pray. We’ll laugh until we cry. We are one another’s keeper. God loves us, and he desires that we experience the fullness of life that he has given us. Tomorrow is not promised. But today, well its full of God’s mercy, grace and compassion. Let’s share! Let’s live it! Let’s love one another.
The Rockefeller Tree was once alive. It was cut down and though it looks beautiful its roots have been terminated so that the life it once had has been removed. In time this beautifully well-lit tree will be firewood.
Let’s keep our roots in the fertile soil of the Word of God. It produces life that can shine brightly for all to see that the Maker of All is sustaining us. Now that’s something to look at!
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-9)
I can’t live without you God.
I can’t live without you my friend.
Happy New Year!
We begin again to show the world the all-surpassing power that is from God!
Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe9qRXe9yAc