Presents Or Presence? A Christmas Yule-ogy



Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Here we are at the big celebration of the year once more! The shopping may or may not be finished. Oh dread! The gifts may or may not be wrapped. Never on time! Oh no! We forgot to add Aunt Susie to the Christmas card list. What will she think of us?

But the stockings are hung on the clothesline to dry… Yes?

Here we come a wassailing amidst bah humbugging… the NSA internet bugging… and everything that’s bugging just about anybody. When it comes down to the wire, tapping our toes to familiar carols and seasonal songs may after all raise our spirits to a somewhat higher plain truth. At least for awhile.

All the fuss. It will be over in a few moments time. It ends. It brings a momentary joy, but all these contracts with Time have a lot of small print that everyone seems to overlook. It reads as follows, “Due to a Universe subjected to futility, we regret to inform you that all is vanity; therefore, this moment of finite pleasure is destined to come to an end. For this reason, you will consequently need to seek out one new experience or pursuit after another, until you run out of options and come to a dead end on Pleasure Boulevard. That is all there is.”

What? Is that true? Is that all there is?

No, there’s a new Star twinkling in the Heavens. His name is the Sun of Righteousness, and His Ephemeral Light is of a very different kind than we are used to perceiving. Those who are wisely drawn to His Light look to His radiance and are guided by it. They seek His emanations at all times and in all places, in all seasons, both night and day, for He is the Omnipresent One Whose Light never fails or diminishes. In Him there is no darkness at all.

His light is always present for any and all who ask in faith, without doubting. He is the one ever-present Presence – beyond all the nifty-gifty trinket presents. He is the Presence wherein exists fullness of joy that can never pass away. He is the Presence forever found in the present! 

Those who follow this Star know a peculiar, deep, unending satisfaction – a peace that passes all understanding. Once they “see” it, they never hunger or thirst for anything else again. It is, after all, available to all – the Christ Light that is present to enlighten everyone coming into the world. This Presence is He in Whom we live, move, and have our being!

This Presence has also been called the Morning Star and the Day Star. We celebrate His rising at this time of year – the time of His entry into the space of our great and universal darkness. He abolishes all the dark terrors of the night and puts them to flight forevermore – both within the individual Soul and in the world, wherever He is welcomed!

He heralds a new day, a new Presence on the Earth, and His glow will never diminish. He is destined to replace all the other presents, and the “lesser presences” who can never satisfy, keep their promises, or honor their word – as the kingdom of this world becomes the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He reigns forever and ever, not by way of force, mandates, or at gun point – but through the one-by-one internal revolution of hearts, ablaze with His Presence, through the power of the unconditional Love experienced through the Holy Spirit.

He is the Fullness of infinite joy, infinite love, infinite wisdom, infinite peace…

How shall we find and enter into His Presence?

Ask and keep on asking, through all the falsehoods, filters of your difficulties, stresses, and trials – He is already given to you and awaiting you.

Seek and keep on seeking, through all the times you feel as if His Presence is not there – you shall find your way through that illusion and into His Present Reality here and now.

Knock and keep on knocking, even when it seems like the drawbridge will never be extended for you to cross the remote possibilities that seem wildly beyond imagination – the door will be opened… And you can take it to the bank that His Light is always left on for you, and that there really is Somebody Who has the castle in order and is waiting for you with open arms to enfold, comfort, and heal you! He never lets go of you.

When all the glitz and glitter of the holly daze are gone, when the dog has swallowed the last piece of tinsel, when the cat has broken the last ornament, when the Seasonal Affective Disorder Blues hits you as if you’ve run up against a brick wall, when the presents given this night become next year’s clutter – seek for the Presence of the Sun of Righteousness that never sets.

In Him is Light, and His Light is the Life of all!

Wishing you His Light, His Presence, now and forevermore, dear reader and friend.


Messenger At The Crossroads


PS. A few promises about His Presence to keep you going all through the night and into the new…

1 Chronicles 16:27. “Glory and honor are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place”.

Psalm 95:2. “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms”.

Nahum 1:5. “The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.”

Psalm 9:3. “When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.”

Psalm 31:20 “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.”

Psalm 140:13 “Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.”


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