Looking East

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. 
     ~ John Locke
 
So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.
 
    ~ 2 Tim 1:8-10
 
A steady blaze of light.  Yesterday, I read that the fastest way to get to daylight is to run into the darkness, not into the sunset which you can never catch.  The old hymn, “People Look East” with lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon, gives us the direction, the reasons for praise, the blaze of light that begins dimly.  Today, I encourage you to look east, rush the darkness, embrace grief as it washes over you, as it seems to consume you, as it walks into the sunset, perhaps to visit again.  Look east into joy.
Look into the eyes of love, your Savior.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

1. People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.

2. Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,
One more seed is planted there:
Give up your strength the seed to nourish,
That in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the rose, is on the way.

3. Birds, though you long have ceased to build,
Guard the nest that must be filled.
Even the hour when wings are frozen
God for fledging time has chosen.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the bird, is on the way.

4. Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
One more light the bowl shall brim,
Shining beyond the frosty weather,
Bright as sun and moon together.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the star, is on the way.

5. Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
Christ who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming
With the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Lord, is on the way.

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