We all had our “glory days” back in our youth when we were beautiful, or “ripped”, we were strong and ready for adventure but then life happens to us and if we aren’t careful, we simply start to fade. There is a song, written by Steve Greene, that could have been penned right out of my own heart: All the laughter is gone and the sound of the songs that we sang slowly faded away, Simple joys that we knew when we walked close to you hand in hand in the cool of the day…are just memories, or are they dreams? Yet we hold to the hope that the music will come back again…Bring back the Glory, won’t you show us what life is for, Bring back the Glory, make us open once more, Bring back the music, the trust the wonder that’s just like a child when he’s never known pain, Bring back the Glory, the Glory again. Sometimes I long to feel the warmth of the Glory of God in a more special way, what will make that happen?
Last night I went to the school Christmas program for my grandson, it was held in a large church. I sat watching people plod in and find places to sit. No joy in this sanctuary, no feeling of any Glory anywhere in that place. As the principal stood and invited everyone to join him in prayer, I was planning a nice nap until time for my grandson’s part, but suddenly the back doors opened and the children began to march in. Suddenly there was a little spark, a small feeling of electricity and then full-blown light and Glory as those happy little faces walked to their places in the choir. As they stood, their faces turned upward in anticipation of starting and searching the audience to locate their family, my eyes began to tear. There it is, the missing link, we have to become children, be expectant, search for the face of God so that we can see Him smile at our efforts, bask in the Glory that God shines on us. We have to trust God the way a child trusts everything a parent tells them until they realize the lies…there is a Santa…there is NO Santa, there is an Easter Bunny…there is NO Easter Bunny…the shot is not going to hurt…the shot DID hurt…BAD! Then they start to know that they are not always told the truth.
Jesus told Nicodemus (John 3:3) Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God”
If we are “born again” we can become like children by trusting in God and belief that Jesus can do anything for us! We can believe it “just like a child who has never known pain.” Matthew 18:3 “Assuredly I say to you, until you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. So many people associate authority with an exercise of dominance over others, but He calls us to childlike humility and a servant-like heart, John 13:1-17.
If you are feeling sad, or empty, look up into the face of the One person you should be trying to please, your heavenly Father. Psalm 30:4-5 All you saints! Sing your hearts out to GOD! Thank him to his face! He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.
To bring back the Glory become like a little child and seek the truthful and loving face of the Father and His loving Son, Jesus. Merry Christmas !