Monday

Today we had four things going on: a quick fix ortho appointment for Bethany who broke a bracket on Friday, a Holiday party at Grandma’s place, presents for the homeless, and ice skating.

The first appointment went fast. The Holiday party went slow.

We got there at 11 and they were singing carols, we left at 12 and they were still singing carols.

Grandma wasn’t happy that we had to leave, and the food looked really good, but we had to be downtown to meet friends, so we said bye in between songs. Downtown we met at the library and put stuff on the benches.

We had cookies and candy canes, socks, gloves, scarves, water bottles, and cards to go into the bags. Too bad the bags weren’t red or green, blue was the only color RAFT had when I picked them up. The kids grabbed bags and started stuffing them with the items and before you knew it – we had 30 bags made.

It was snowing lightly as we walked outside.

We gave away a few bags in the park, but this time we had to walk the mall to give away more of the bags.

We ended up with about 7 bags left over and we each took some to put in our cars to hand out later. I was kind of surprised that we had bags left over, but most of the homeless crowd were indoors somewhere.

We went to the skating rink and it was packed.

While the kids were skating it started snowing and for awhile it was coming down like a blizzard.

I don’t know how much more wintry you can get: ice skating, snow and ‘Walking in a Winterland’ playing in the background. Finally, everyone was cold enough to quit skating and come into Corner Bakery for cookies and hot drinks. We waited out the snow and by the time we left there were just a few flakes falling. We had a few people who couldn’t make it out today, so I’m sure we have enough stuff for 20 or so more homeless bags. We’ll probably get those together in January and take them to the shelter to hand out.

That was a fun, though very long, day. Tomorrow we have nothing to do until 2, we’re meeting with friends to make hot cocoa jars. Then, by golly, it’s Christmas Eve.

Advent day 22 {Alleluia}

Silent Night by Sixpence None the Richer with Jars of Clay

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round your Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior is born

Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Christ is born, Alleluia

Luke 2 1-5 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.

6-7 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

So, the prophecy was fulfilled, a remnant of David, a town of Bethlehem, a virgin, no room to be found, a star in the sky guiding those to worship Him. Soon we too will be singing carols and hymns, worshiping the One who was born of a woman with the heart of God. We rejoice with the angels and sing to Him because we are glad. Glad that He came to save us, glad that He came to love us, glad that He is the Son of God.

Advent day 21 {Deliver}

Mary did you know by Kutless

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Oooo Mary did you know…

The blind will see
The deaf will hea
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered
Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

Matthew 1 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

How incredible it must have been to give birth to the Savior. Those tiny hands that would heal, those tiny feet that would be nailed to a cross, the brow so sweet. As parents we try to protect our children, we don’t want anything bad to happen to them. But Mary knew, she knew that one day her baby would be a man that would take the sins of the world on His shoulders – and that is a burden that is heavy to bear. She must have had amazing faith to believe that her son would rise again just as He said. Though Christmas is about the birth of a baby, it is also about the birth of the Savior, a King, the One who would bring peace.

Olde Golden Christmas parade

Hannah and Bella messing around.

It’s a tradition. Golden has a Christmas parade every Saturday in December. Yep, the same parade every weekend. But, the parade varies from year to year as to what is in it. Here is this years, enjoy!

Elvis lives!

After the parade we caught up with friends and went thrift shopping. Everyone got a new dress for Christmas Eve dinner and other random stuff.

Advent day 20 {Celebrate}

Deck the Halls by Tenth Avenue North

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yule tide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Oh Christmas time is my favorite time of year
Deck the halls and holiday cheers
Watch our troubles fade out of sight
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus tonight

Fast away the old year passes,
Hail the new, lads and lasses,

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Cause Christmas time is my favorite time of year
We deck the halls and holiday cheers
Everything it will be alright
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus tonight

Come on deck the hall, come on deck the halls, it’s Christmas time yeah
Come on deck the hall, come on deck the halls, be alright
Come on deck the hall, come on deck the halls, it’s Christmas time
Come on deck the hall, come on deck the halls, be alright
It’s gonna be alright
It’s Christmas time, cause it’s Christmas time baby
It’s my favorite time of the year
…yo, grab the tree, grab the lights.

Matthew 6
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Psalm 89
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
they celebrate your righteousness.

Almost time to celebrate! It’s okay to deck the halls, sing songs, and find the treasure. We do lots of fun things during this season: see Christmas lights, watch Elf, sing carols, give presents to the homeless, share coffee with friends, make cookies for neighbors and shop! There are so many fun things to do during this season, the catch is to not do so much that you are overwhelmed. Leave time for quiet, time for reading, time for crafts that relax. Leave time for visiting with friends, singing carols, and leave time to celebrate the birth of Jesus – that is the true treasure that we are seeking this season.

Cookies, friends and Elf!

We made cookies for the neighbors today. Peppermint sugar cookies.

Peppermint kiss sugar cookies.

Pumpkin toffee cookies.

Then we met Lola at the coffee shop and had drinks and talked for about an hour.

We got her a branded ornament from Rock Ledge and a cork snowman ornament. We had dinner at McD’s and then headed back to Solid Grounds to meet friends and watch Elf.

I usually have an Elf showing at my house, but I saw that South Fellowship was putting on a movie night at SG, and I did that instead.

They went all out. They had printed signs with movie quotes on them.

They had the four food groups: candy, candy corn, candy canes and syrup.

They made spaghetti and Hannah tried some with syrup (yuck.)

We talked with our friends and then watched the movie…quoting/singing as necessary.

That was so much fun!

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Advent day 19 {Light}

Do You Hear What I Hear? by Third Day

Said the night wind to the little lamb
“Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite”

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy:
“Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song, high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea”

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king
“Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm, mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring Him silver and gold
Let us bring Him silver and gold”

Said the king to the people everywhere
“Listen to what I say
Pray for peace, people everywhere!
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light”

Isaiah 11:6-9 The wolf will romp with the lamb, the leopard sleep with the kid. Calf and lion will eat from the same trough, and a little child will tend them. Cow and bear will graze the same pasture, their calves and cubs grow up together, and the lion eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will crawl over rattlesnake dens, the toddler stick his hand down the hole of a serpent. Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill on my holy mountain. The whole earth will be brimming with knowing God-Alive, a living knowledge of God ocean-deep, ocean-wide.

John 1
1-2 The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.
3-5 Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.

I like to see Bible verses in different translations. Sometimes I choose the Orthodox Jewish Bible, sometimes the NIV and sometimes the Message. I like the verses in John above from the Message – the Life-Light blazed in the darkness. What a sight it must have been that night when Jesus was born. The Light of the world was being proclaimed by the light of the stars and the radiance of the angels. What a sight that must have been to the shepherds and the people who saw the great light. They knew, they must have known, that it was the Messiah, the One who was God-Alive. A baby in a manger, how wonderful it must have been to see Him lying there. We need to remember the wonder of this time and think about Him.

H’ullo Guv’nor!

A few of us got together this morning to tour the Governor’s mansion. We have done this before, but they decorate it differently every year and it’s been awhile since we’ve seen the house, so….enjoy your decorations and tour.

The front of the mansion.

The house was built in 1908 for the Cheesman family and was sold to the Boettcher family in 1923.

The family then offered the house to the state of Colorado to be the residence of the Governor and the house was accepted as such in 1959.

In the drawing room there is a chandelier from President Grant. Many occupants of the White house since then have tried to get the chandelier back into the White house, but we’re not giving it back.

I think the most beautiful part of the house is the sun room in the back. The leaded glass windows overlook the lawn and what was once an impressive view (now it’s city buildings that dot the view.) The floors are white Colorado yule marble and the light that flows in makes everything glow.

The formal dining room has a carved table that seats 24, it also has one of the 14 fireplaces that warm the house.

We ended the tour at the front of the house in the bar room.

Then we went around the back of the house.

We had lunch at SAME cafe’ (curry squash soup, carrot and raisin salad, Mediterranean salad, date and blue cheese pizza.) Then it was off to an ortho appointment for Bethany and back home to play with friends.

Tomorrow is Elf!

Advent day 18 {Memories}

Sleigh Ride by Relient K

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling
Ring ting tingling too
Come one it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

Outside the snow is falling
And friends are calling “Yoo hoo”
Come on it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up
It’s grand, just holding your hand
We’re gliding along with a song
Of a wintry Fairyland

Our cheeks are nice and rosy
and comfy cozy are we
We’re snuggled up together
Like two birds of a feather would be
Let’s take that road before us
And sing a chorus or two
Come on it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

There’s a birthday party
At the home of Farmer Gray
It’ll be a perfect ending a perfect day
We’ll be singing the songs
We love to sing without a single stop
In the fireplace where we watch
The chestnusts pop. Pop! Pop! Pop!

There’s a happy feeling
Nothing in the world could buy
When they pass around the chocolate and the pumpkin pie
It’ll nearly be like a picture print by Currier and Ives
These wonderful things are the things
We remember all through our lives

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling
Ring ting tingling too
Come on it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

Outside the snow is falling
And friends are calling “Yoo hoo”
Come on it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up
Let’s go let’s look at the show
We’re riding in a wonderland of snow
Giddy up. giddy up, giddy up
It’s grand just holding your hand
We’re gliding along with a song
of a wintry fairyland

Our cheeks are nice and rosy
And comfy cozy are we
We’re snuggled up together
Like two birds of a feather would be
Let’s take that road before us
And sing a chorus or two
Come on it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

Deuteronomy 7: 7 You’re going to think to yourselves, “Oh! We’re outnumbered ten to one by these nations! We’ll never even make a dent in them!” But I’m telling you, Don’t be afraid. Remember, yes, remember in detail what God, your God, did to Pharaoh and all Egypt. Remember the great contests to which you were eyewitnesses: the miracle-signs, the wonders, God’s mighty hand as he stretched out his arm and took you out of there.

This is a fun song and I love the verse that says ‘These wonderful things are the things We remember all through our lives.’ We often do remember Christmas as kids with fondness, the cookies and baking, the presents, the lights. It took a long time for our family to have our own Christmas traditions. When we first got married Christmas meant dashing from one side of the family to the other to the other, Christmas day was a madhouse of driving and packing things in the car and driving some more (and eating too much.) Now that we live 1,100 miles from family it’s easier to have our own traditions because there are no houses to drive to. We do advent countdowns, we go see Christmas lights, we sing carols on Christmas eve and we go see the nativity set in front of the courthouse on Christmas night. We hope that we are pointing the way to Jesus as we get closer and closer to Christmas, we hope that we light the way in the darkness and we hope that love shines through in all we do.

Silk road

Today we had a co-op at the Nature and Science museum about the Silk road. The schools in the area must have been trying to use up field trip money, because there were a lot of kids there. Before we started the tour there was a surprise for Grace. I had known for over a week that one of her best friends was coming into town, but I kept quiet. At the museum I told Grace to turn around and there he was! She was so shocked that she couldn’t say anything to him and then she started crying. Hunter has grown since he left for WV….grown a lot!

We gathered the kids and went up to the exhibit.

We found out about the silk industry in China and how all along the silk road the merchants would trade pieces of silk for other things they needed. They had a glass case with real silkworms in it, which I thought was very cool until I remembered that as a kid I had a whole tree full of worms in the neighbors mulberry tree (that we could never get mulberries off of because of all the stupid worms.) They didn’t seem as cool after that. I couldn’t take a picture of them, so here is one from the Internet.


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The good news is that silk worms can’t live in Denver, so we can pick all the mulberries we want without fear of eating a worm. Of course, after the girls saw how you get the silk off of the cocoon they wanted to get some worms.

That part is pretty cool (except for the killing of the worm part.) We traveled along the exhibit and became merchants trading things we had for things we wanted or sharing information about politics or religion. There was an interactive map of the route where you could look up deserts, the spread of religion, what was traded and more. Here is what the route on land and sea looked like.


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We got to see an astrolabe in action, see a ship carrying treasures and see some artifacts like: books, papers, glass, mirrors, vases and more. The end of the exhibit talked about Constantinople and there were some items from this museum about Roman times.

We learned a lot about the Silk road, what was traded and how silk was made, it was a pretty cool exhibit. Here is a site that has more info about the Silk road and some interesting numbers about the lag time in centuries of different technological achievements.

After that we went to RAFT and I got more time to look at the books on sale. The kids made some cards to put in the homeless bags on Monday and some of them bought white elephant gifts for youth group. Bethany found a book on how to be immature, Hunter found an owl pellet to dissect and a stamp and Andrew found a whole bag of crap that he called ‘homeschooler in a bag.’ There was a demo going on in the green room, so we also got to see a Rube-Goldberg machine in action.

Bethany had youth group and traded her gift in for lipstick (and someone wrapped bricks as their gift, silly kids.) We went to the mall and had dinner and then looked around before picking up Bethany. It was so good to see Hunter, we can’t wait for Friday when we get to see the rest of the gang.

Advent day 17 {Super}

Supernatural by DC Talk

This world’s a tortured place to be
So many things to torment me
And as I stumble down this road it takes a toll
These days and nights I turn to You
No human hand can pull me through
No cosmic force or magic brew will ever do

But I can see it coming
You’re not so far away
‘Cause I can feel Your power
Surging through the whole of me

[chorus 1]
God is there and He is watching
He tells me all is well (it’s supernatural)
God is there, there’s no denying
He’s supernatural (it’s supernatural)
Supernatural

Beyond this physical terrain
There’s an invisible domain
Where angels battle over souls in vast array
But down on earth is where I am
No wings to fly, no place to stand
Here on my knees I am a stranger in this land

I need an intervention
A touch of providence
It goes beyond religion
To my very circumstance

[repeat chorus 1]

[chorus 2]
God is there and He is watching
The signs are everywhere (the signs are everywhere)
God is there, there’s no denying
It’s supernatural (it’s supernatural)
Supernatural

[bridge]
In six days, the universe was made
Supernatural
And from the dead a man was raised
Supernatural
They say He walked across the waves
Supernatural
And I’ll believe it to my grave

But I can see You coming
You’re not so far away
‘Cause I can feel Your power
Surging through the whole of me

(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
(God is supernatural)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

[repeat chorus]

(Some things just can’t be explained)

Acts 2 “Dear friends, let me be completely frank with you. Our ancestor David is dead and buried—his tomb is in plain sight today. But being also a prophet and knowing that God had solemnly sworn that a descendant of his would rule his kingdom, seeing far ahead, he talked of the resurrection of the Messiah—‘no trip to Hades, no stench of death.’ This Jesus, God raised up. And every one of us here is a witness to it. Then, raised to the heights at the right hand of God and receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he poured out the Spirit he had just received. That is what you see and hear. For David himself did not ascend to heaven, but he did say, God said to my Master, “Sit at my right hand Until I make your enemies a stool for resting your feet.” “All Israel, then, know this: There’s no longer room for doubt—God made him Master and Messiah, this Jesus whom you killed on a cross.”

su·per·nat·u·ral – so͞opərˈnaCH(ə)rəl
adjective
1.
(of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.

The things that Jesus did were supernatural. He healed people, He calmed the ocean, He made dead men come back to life and though He died, He was raised up from the dead. These things are not explainable, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t happen or that we need to understand them. You don’t have to look far to see things that are mysteries – what is behind all of this? A creator that loves.

Cooking

Since I had no car today we did a lot of cooking….or at least making things that we can cook later. I put some butternut sausage soup in the crockpot and made johnny cake to cook later. We made 3 kinds of cookie dough: pumpkin toffee, peppermint sugar and gingerbread and Bethany made fudge. Here is the easiest cookie recipe you will ever find for gingerbread men (and I also used it with the pumpkin toffee cake mix.)

Gingerbread men

18 1/2 oz pkg spice cake mix
1 C flour
2 t. ginger
2 eggs
1/3 C oil
1/2 C molasses

Blend cake mix and ginger, then add remaining ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Cover dough and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place dough on floured surface and roll out to 1/4 ” thickness. Cut out gingerbread people and place on greased sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 min. Makes 1 1/2 dz. You can keep the dough in the fridge for a week.

Cut out and decorate as you like.

ginger

For the pumpkin toffee cookies I just used Karo syrup instead of molasses and pumpkin pie spice instead of ginger. The mix came with toffee pieces that I stirred into the dough at the end and I have crushed pumpkin pie candies for the topping.

Peppermint sugar cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Assorted candies, sprinkles, or colored sugars, for decorating (optional)

In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic; freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months (thaw in refrigerator overnight).

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Remove one dough disk; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, cut shapes with cookie cutters. Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size). Cool completely on wire racks. To ice cookies, spread with the back of a spoon. Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired.

Tuesday

Yesterday we did school and then I ran errands. It was the 15th, so time for TNO. I’m glad we’re moving to another Whole Foods in January, the one at Belmar is too healthy. They had none of my favorites on the hot buffet and my plate looked like I was a vegetarian. I did have some good Virgil’s root beer though…and a creme brulee, so that part was good. We had a nice turnout and the Moms and Dad got to talk for a few hours.

Today I dropped the van off for a brake fixing, I think that will solve the wobbling problem that we’ve been having. We did school, Bethany finished up her finals and Grace did some semester tests, Hannah just did a few items on her list. She’s reading Little House on the Prairie right now, we’re going to have fun with that one. We just got a stack of books from the library, I am about to start reading this one:

diving

It looks like a good read about a man who ‘After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail: dictating a word at a time, blinking to select each letter as the alphabet was recited to him slowly, over and over again. In the same way, he was able eventually to compose this extraordinary book.’ We’ll be going back soon to get some more books to read over break.

This afternoon we’re making fudge and gingerbread cookies and maybe pumpkin praline cookies too. I need to have some cookies on hand for neighbors and for the homeless presents for next week….hopefully we won’t eat all of them today.

Advent day 16 {Savior}

What a Saviour by Laura Story

Atoning sacrifice
Keeper of this life
Hallelujah You are Savior
Beginning and the end
Forgiver of my sin
By Your mercy You have saved us

Jesus You are stronger
More than any other
Hallelujah what a Savior
Jesus You are higher
My soul’s deepest desire
Hallelujah You are Savior

You are the shepherd king
You lead us by still waters
Hallelujah You are Savior

You are my only hope
Your kindness is my friend
In Your presence You restore us

Jesus You are stronger
More than any other
Hallelujah what a Savior
Jesus You are higher
My soul’s deepest desire
Hallelujah You are Savior

You are the way, the truth and the life
You are my joy and my salvation
Stood in my place, taking my shame
Upon your shoulders

Jesus You are stronger
More than any other
Hallelujah what a Savior
Jesus You are higher
My soul’s deepest desire
Hallelujah You are Savior

Hallelujah
You are Savior
You are Savior

Romans 3 25-26 God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.

Just like the song says, Jesus was the ‘atoning sacrifice.’ He was and is the way through which sins were taken care of. It seems weird to us, that something that happened so long ago could have an impact on us today, that blood spilled then covers everything…all sin. But, this man was not just a man, He was God’s son and His sacrifice makes it possible to be changed, to be clean, to be forgiven.

Advent day 15 {Mercy}

Avalanche – Manafest

[Intro:]
Get me out, (out) get me out (out)

[Verse 1:]
PREACHER, PREACHER what you got for me save my soul
See beneath, and clip my wings I’m not an angel
I try and try to be good, I’ve lied with pride I’m a crook
Turn the lights down, burning up the night now

Sign my life out, I’m sick of living here yo
If you can help choir boy ring the church bells
I’d turn back if I could, erase the pain if I could
But I’m an animal and I don’t know if I can

[Chorus:]
Hey!
Cause I’m the prodigal man of this avalanche
I’m going down, I’m going down, down

Hey!
And if you turn me in
I’ll confess my sins
I’m going down, I’m going down, down

Before I’m six feet deep
I’m washing my hands clean
Just get me out of this avalanche

[Verse 2:]
You scared the junk-crap out of me man
The Ghost Rider, hold my soul tighter
Jehovah take the ropes I’m a
Fly a plane out of the atmosphere
I’ve attacked this fear
This scar still here
I’m going on to the end
I’m holding out to a friend
I’m going I’m going
I don’t care
I cursed a lot
The worse, the black sheep of the lot
Christopher Scott prepare to meet God

[Chorus:]
Hey!
Cause I’m the prodigal man of this avalanche
I’m going down, I’m going down, down

Hey!
And if you turn me in
I’ll confess my sins
I’m going down, I’m going down, down

Before I’m six feet deep
I’m washing my hands clean
Just get me out of this Avalanche

[Bridge:]
Get me out, OUT
Get me out, OUT
Just get me out of this avalanche
Get me out, OUT
Get me out, OUT
Just get me out of this…

[Verse 3:]
You guided me when I was
Blind with pride a right off
Knocked me off my saddle
Sabotaged and overshadowed
Watched you chase a man down
Watched you raise a man out
Mercy on me, forever I’m free

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
Get me out, OUT
Get me out, OUT
Just get me out of this avalanche
Get me out, OUT
Get me out, OUT
Just get me out of this…

Hosea 13 14 “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;
I will redeem them from death.
Where, O death, are your plagues?
Where, O grave, is your destruction?


Psalm 51 1-3 Generous in love—God, give grace!
Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
my sins are staring me down.
4-6 You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever you decide about me is fair…
What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.
7 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life….
16-17 Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.

No matter what you have done, there is mercy. God does not expect perfection because we are not perfect. We lie, cheat, steal, we curse, get angry, and hate. God sees, He knows that this life is hard and He forgives. He offers an avalanche of mercy and grace. He offers peace when we turn from wrong to right. He takes everything that is filthy and washes it clean, He takes the prodigal and calls him beloved, He reaches out a hand when we are down. Mercy and grace are free, they are there for the taking.