Preparing the Heart: All Crying Will Be Stilled


“…Christmas will come once again. The great transformation will once again happen. God would have it so. Out of the waiting, hoping, longing world, a world will come in which the promise is given. All crying will be stilled. No tears shall flow. No lonely sorrow shall afflict us anymore, or threaten.
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer in a sermon to a church in Havana, Cuba December 21, 1930


this blessing comes,
take its hand.
Get up.
Set out on the road
you cannot see.

This is the night
when you can trust
that any direction
you go,
you will be walking
toward the dawn.
— Jan Richardson (author of Circle of Grace)


For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4: 6

On this morning after the longest night of the year, I look out the window eagerly seeking a post-solstice reprieve from interminable darkness.  I seek that promise of being led back into the light, even if it will take months to get there.  It is a promise that keeps me going even if I can barely perceive the few minutes of extra daylight today.  It is from the simple knowledge that things are changing, getting lighter and brighter, that I harvest hope.

God made light through His Word, not once but twice.  In the beginning, He created the sun and the moon to penetrate and illuminate the creation of our hearts and our souls.  In the stable He came to light the world from below as well as from above so those hearts and souls could be saved from self-destruction.

I am showered with His light even on the longest night of the year and forever more,  lit from the glory of God reflected in the many faces of Jesus: as newborn, child teacher, working carpenter, healer, itinerant preacher, unjustly condemned, dying and dead, raised and ascended Son of God.  Let the dark days come as they certainly will.  They cannot overwhelm me now,  lit from within no matter how deeply the darkness oppresses.

I know His promise.
I know His face.
He knows I know.



4 thoughts on “Preparing the Heart: All Crying Will Be Stilled

  1. Oh, Sweet Baby Jesus, Incarnate God, and His Mother Mary – the first to say ‘yes’ to Him….
    Another soul rocker to meditate upon today….

    Jan tells us that we
    “Set out on the road you cannot see.”

    That, in itself, is risky –
    And downright scary, not something that we would normally do when beginning a journey. Now we have Google and Smartphones to point the way to keep us from getting lost..
    Then, His followers had only His Word. Then He was soon gone from their sight.
    But that is exactly what we are asked to do as Believers, as Disciples in 2016 and on – just as His followers were asked to do over 2000 years ago.
    It is a (deceptively) simple concept called FAITH (and trust).

    Emily tells us with a believer’s surety that
    “I know His promise. I know His face. He knows I know.”

    A perfect, succinct statement of Faith! To me, it says it all.
    We don’t need road maps or smartphones. We have the ultimate: His Promise – that He will be with us ALWAYS – until the end…
    He fulfilled the Hebrew prophets’ proclamations. He came (as a helpless, dependent infant). He became one of us in our humanity. He taught us.
    He continues to show us the Way – all the way to Eternity with Him. He left us His Spirit and His Promise to fortify us and to give us HOPE..
    What more – on earth or in Heaven – could we ever want or need?

    Thank you Jan and Emily for an early Christ-mas gift..


  2. Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 🙂

    Through a broken vessel,
    The light of the Lord,
    In the darkness, shines-
    The knowledge of God’s glory
    In the face of Jesus Christ
    He is our light and salvation
    We have nothing to fear
    For He has overcome
    And He is here
    God’s wonderful Son
    Our counsellor, the Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father,
    Prince of Peace
    His kingdom of righteousness
    Will never cease
    Christ is born to us,
    God’s gift is given
    That we dwell with Him
    Freed from our burdens,
    Receive and believe,
    Rejoice and be glad
    In the Lord of hosts
    With praises resound


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