From the Pulpit & Into the Garden: "Grow Where You are Planted – Scatter Seeds of Inspiration!"

Stand Tall

“When these things begin to happen, stand up tall and don’t be afraid.”

“Amazing things will happen to the sun, moon, and stars. And people all over the earth will be upset and confused by the noise of the sea and its crashing waves. They will be afraid and worried about what will happen to the world. Everything in the sky will be changed. Know that it is almost time for God to free you!” (Luke 21)

On November 27, 2011, the First Sunday of Advent, I felt the presence of heaven in my “quiet place.”

The words passed on to me during my silent time of prayer, were to find great joy in the midst of all life, and be redeemed and sanctified.

Jesus spoke of the signs that we would see and the signs are here. We don’t have to go far to find truth in his words from long ago.

Just this year, we have seen what the churning of the earth and the rising waters have done in many parts of the world, “all the people will be upset and confused by the noise of the sea and its’ crashing waves.”

People are distressed. In the midst of disaster brings great upheaval and confusion.

Jesus also said, when these events happen, be not afraid. So what choices do we have?

We can run away like a dog with a tail between its legs, or we can stand tall in honor and truth, knowing that we do not walk alone.

Advent is a time of preparation to whatever one may be giving birth to at this time in life.

We are encouraged to go within; to look deep and find that which may dark or fearful; bring it out into the Light to be refined like silver.

In the process of refinement, I can look at what it means to be spiritually redeemed or sanctified. Redemption allows one to be set free. Sanctification allows one to create a spiritual space within that is sacred and holy; a special place to meet God.

We can “go into the closet and shut the door”, and find that blessed time away from the maddening crowd.

When we make our connection with God, we are transformed in our spirit.

Whatever you find yourself struggling with during this ‘Season of Light’, remember this too shall pass, and God has a greater plan.

“Don’t look back, look up and see all the greatness I have in store for you.”

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