our dear friend, Thomas Faunce, missionary,
photographer, and Vietnam War Veteran
This Christmas, I wanted to share some thoughts. My heart is
filled with excited anticipation, also with sorrow. This New
Year could be the one in which our Lord return, or the year
that anyone of us who bear His name might finish our race,
complete the course.
This is such a time for us to rejoice, to be filled with the
wonder of His love, I feel this joy, as though I can hear
the trumpets ready to sound their blast, to announce the
coming of our King. However, there is the sadness within for
the many I know who have heard His great truth, tasted of
His goodness, yet still trample aground His grace.
It is hard for me to understand why so many reject the
Saving Life Of Christ, why so many turn from such goodness
and mercy. Not only do many turn away, their hearts are full
of hatred towards the name of Jesus. Pride has blinded their
eyes, arrogance their way of life. From the so called White
House to many a pulpit, the Lord is mocked and rejected. How
long will the nations rage, how long will they plot against
the Risen One, before their folly is their end? I believe,
as the Word says, many hearts are waxing cold. Men are
lovers of self and pleasure, turning away from the only hope
to set them free.
This Christmas Eve, reminds me of what He has come into this
world for, His Amazing grace. Our Lord found in this world
no place to lay His head, no place to find rest. We are the
ones who find rest for our weary souls in Him. Jesus will
never be accepted in this dark world, nor all its dark
religions. Only those who come to the cross, who humble
themselves, come to understand the truth of the Christmas
gift will find the true meaning of life.
Angels appeared out in the field, to the poorest of poor.
Shepherds heard their voice, not those sitting in castles.
So it is today, only the broken and contrite of heart hear
the good tidings of peace and joy. Though this world may
sing the songs of Christmas, the truth they bear are far
removed from their heart.
am looking forward to this New Year, it may be the year of
His return. Even though He may delay, it is another new year
for us who know Him, to proclaim the truth of His goodness
and grace. This is Christmas Eve, a special place in the
Christian's heart, it is a time for us to look up and
rejoice, for our King is near. This is our time to stand in
Him, to proclaim too those who have an ear to hear the
wondrous truth of the gift He gave.