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Topic: Christmas Lights (10/30/08)
TITLE: Lights of Love
By Jessica Smith
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That winter she found herself at a Christian retreat sponsored by the Salvation Army located in Littleton, Colorado. 1998 was a year of drastic change for her, knowing that in just a few short months, she was headed off to the unknown land of Oklahoma, to attend college. Youth Ministry being her heart, she involved herself every way known, to gain experience in ministering to the teens around her.
Wooden cabins sat around like plumb mushrooms under an Oak tree. Snow dropped down fat flakes, as the steps of the young woman took her over a bridge that overhung a frozen river of dancing, glittering water. Praying quietly, she said, “Father, you know that I am scared to leave, scared to do anything, but more than that, I just need to know that I am not alone. Please show me that you are here with me.”
Thinking back over the last few months, it suddenly dawned upon her, she had not seen any Christmas lights this year. Tradition was, to drive around the neighborhood looking at all the lights, from ghetto, to sparkling palace like homes; it always ended with a cup of hot coco, and a good conversation with mom.
Tears trickled down her soft cheeks, as the loss of an important part of her life ruptured into her heart. Feeling a gust of wind, she looked up into the sky expecting to feel another cold blast of wetness, instead the picture before her dried hear tears instantly.
Clouds had parted, revealing the brightness of a night sky, and reflecting the millions of stars, glimmering along with the light from a half moon. Nothing could have prepared her for the peace and joy that she felt at that very moment. This display of glorious wonder, Christmas lights from the sky. God had not forgotten her; He simply was waiting for the perfect moment to reveal His love to her. Even though Christmas had been over for nearly a month, the stars from the night sky proved that Christ walked with her, year round.
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