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This devotion of this new series reflects on what it means to "Abide in Love".
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It is presented by Pastor Curtis Aguirre, a former pastor of Hope Lutheran, who presently is serving in Penticton at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
one spiritual journey
you formed me in the image of your creativity
inflated my lungs with your love
made my ears turn to the human voice
my eyes focus on faces, my body respond to touch
you wrapped me in acceptance at my baptism
but as i grew, fear surrounded me and blurred my vision
shame blunted my senses and crippled my walk
i could not find you there leading me
walking beside me, pushing me from behind
instead of looking outward, trusting good
fully inhabiting my body, i moved into the
isolation of my mind, turned my back on possibility
fear became a swirling fog
and i could not find my way
its thick darkness the companion that left me lonely
frozen ground upon which i stumbled
fell, and curled my arms around myself
losing hope, caving in, giving up
you fed me with bits of bread and wine
word—words of love, of safety, of enough
though i could only hear
the inner voices saying otherwise
you waited while i wandered in my wilderness
frozen, unable to think, to move, to want
except in lightning flashes of relief, kind faces
and one strong hand holding on, saying
i will stay, i will not leave, will not give up on you
bits of bread dropped in the dark led me back
eaten on my knees, salted with my tears
seasoned by my own sweat until day
slowly dawned in that bright white
intensity holding all possible colours
black earth aromatic, warming in the sun
welcoming my bare feet into a sacred dance
imprinted in my very DNA, my heart knowing
that all shall be well, all shall be well indeed
© Rebecca Garber
Once upon a time in a land not so far away A town awaiting to celebrate Christmas day
They wait upon the Bethlehem shining star For all of the blessings that come from afar
With all presents wrapped under the tree Hoping love and peace may set them free
With all of the love an angel can bring Peace in their hearts means everything
Boughs of holly hang red and green Gaze upon the Holy nativity scene
In this town may an angel dawn his wings Listen as the Lutheran Church choir sings I
n this quaint little town not so far away They send their blessings on this Holy day
By Gary Edward Allen 2019