A Heavenly Hug

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 in Faith | 69 comments

Merry Christmas, Friends and Family!

With the grandest birthday party on earth only days away, I’d like to share with you a gift I was given last Christmas Eve.  On my favorite night of the year, I received an unexpected “present” from above.  My heart was overwhelmed by BEAUTY and LOVE, and all year long, to my continued amazement, the gift has kept giving.  It’s as if God has been “unwrapping the present,” revealing to me more and making abundantly clear the gift wasn’t only for me–I’m supposed to share!  “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you” (Psalm 63:3).

A lovely candle-lighting service had just ended.  My favorite Christmas song, Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song),” had just been sung:  “Breath of Heaven, hold me together… Be forever near me… Lighten my darkness… Pour over me Your holiness, for You are holy….”  Celebrating the birth of Jesus had been divine.  The eyes of my heart were open and focused upward, on the wondrous Star of Bethlehem which had shone HOPE for all mankind.  My family had preceded me to our car, so I was exiting the church alone.  As I opened the door to the brisk night air, I was greeted by a complete surprise:  glorious white flakes falling gently from the sky–SNOW!

Having spent most of my life in Colorado, my eyes have beheld the beauty of snow countless times in a myriad of ways.  But not on Christmas Eve.  It’d been 30 years since my hometown had been blessed with snow on December 24th.  How I longed, as many do, for a White Christmas–the awesomeness of a fresh blanket of snow to welcome Baby Jesus.  Finally, last Christmas Eve….

The vision was stunning.  The flakes were infinite, never-ending.  Beauty and purity were cascading down.  My feet had stopped; my gaze was captured, as was my heart.  Through the snowflakes I was seeing God’s love, flowing down from heaven to earth.  To me.  His holiness being poured over me… the Breath of Heaven being near me!  “‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’–which means, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23).  Immanuel had entered my world and was with me!

This was crazy.  I had just stepped out of church; now I was being held by Everlasting Love.  I was experiencing a perfect, timeless moment of JOY and PEACE.  “My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods….” (Psalm 63:5).  Maybe crazy, but amazing!

“Mom, come on!”  I was in the arms of the God of the universe, and Planet Earth was calling.  From a mini-van.  My precious family was waiting.  But I was with GOD–glimpsing His glory!  “Let’s go, Mom!”  I knew I had to leave–to withdraw from a hug I never wanted to end.  I whispered to the snowy sky, “Thank You, Lord.”  My Maker had given me an indescribable gift.  He’d reached into my life to say, “I love you.”

I can’t give you the snowflakes, but I can tell you that heavenly embrace is what Christmas is all about.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Jesus was (and is and always will be) a gift.  As crazy as it may sound (I suppose “crazy” is what miracles appear to be), God came down from heaven to earth as “…a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” because He adores and wants to be with you (Luke 2:12)!  Our part is to BELIEVE–to accept into our own heart God’s extraordinary gift of love.

I appreciate there may be someone reading this who doesn’t feel like celebrating.  A certain situation has caused your life to look different from what you’d like, or hoped it would be.  Christmas hasn’t always been a happy time for me.  It’s been quite dark, actually, grieving the death of my infant son, Ben.  Eight years ago today my world was rocked to the core.  My throat tightens and my eyes well up with tears just thinking about the pain.  But that’s why Jesus’ being “the light of the world” means everything to me (John 8:12).  The Son of God said, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).  His words are true; we can trust Him.  I’ve learned our heartaches, trials and weaknesses are the very places Jesus can shine the most.  (If you’d like to get to know “the light of the world” more intimately, go to www.lauriegeisz.com and click “Love’s Lamp.”)

Through His gift of snowflakes God has taught me much more about Him.  He knew He could reach my heart through a beautiful snow; He fulfilled my longing in a greater way than I ever would have imagined.  He knows how to reach your heart, too.  This Christmas I pray you will see and be inspired by Immanuel’s presence and power in your own faith journey.  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given….” (Isaiah 9:6).  During this blessed season of giving, I pray you will RECEIVE.

“Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8).

Glory to God in the highest, and Happy Birthday, Jesus!

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