I loved the sitcom Scrubs; its opening theme song ended with the words I can’t do this all on my own, I’m no Superman. How often have we looked at life as a long dark hallway filled with pain and despair and no way out? How often have we felt all alone in these moments wishing anyone could help us find our way out. In these moments, we need to lean on our faith. You see, our faith tells us we are never all alone; there is no reason we need to be superman; the Lord is always there. He always is looking out for and protecting us, for we are his children. It may appear to us at times that he is not, but he never has, and he will never forsake us, and when the time is right, he will rain down on us with his blessings. Remember, you can do this because you are not on your own. The Lord is your superman.
The tree is decorated
The gifts are wrapped
The children eagerly await Santa Claus
The parents share a tender embrace under the mistletoe
It’s the happiest time of the year.
But let’s not forget what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, born to spread the word of his Father the Lord, to bring us closer to the Lord by instilling in us a spiritually unlike that we have known, to redeem us of our sins.
So let us take a moment today to praise him and remember it was his birth that truly makes this day a special day.
Satan was sitting in his favorite chair, cigar in one hand and a drink in another, when one of his minions walked in. The minion saw how relaxed Satan was and the huge smile on his face. “Why are you so happy today he asked?”
“It’s Christmas,” Satan answered.
Puzzled, the minion said, Christmas? “The day Jesus was born, The only son of your arch enemy?”
“That’s right. Don’t you see all the humans and how happy they are, how they are celebrating and reveling in the moment?”
Now, even more puzzled, the minion remarked, “isn’t that the opposite of what we want?”
Of course, it is, but you don’t see what I see; for all the happiness out there, there is also sadness, those that are lonely, dealing with health and financial issues. They look around them and see all the joy and ask why? Why can’t that be me? This is the time of year when they are at their weakest, and that is when I pounce—whispering in their ear. Where is your God now? Doesn’t he care about you? Has he forsaken you? Maybe it’s time you think about forsaking him. Maybe it’s time you give in to temptation and do whatever it is you have to do to find your happiness. Who cares if it negatively impacts others? It’s you who are the most important. Yep, this is the best time of year for me, my business is booming with converts”.
“I see, boss, an excellent game plan indeed.”
“Want to watch me in action? I was about o go whisper in the ear of this guy who is all alone and sad, he just needs a push, and I’ve got him.”
“Let’s go!” said the minion excited to see his boss in action.
Satan and minion walked into the room of the unsuspecting man who was sitting all alone watching television. He appeared to be crying,
“This is going to be easier than I thought; he’s sitting there crying. I’ve got him”
Satan snuck up behind the man and whispered in his ear. “All alone? Sitting here crying why? I mean you have done so much for so many, yet here you sit on Christmas eve, no one to exchange gifts with, no one to talk and laugh with, no one to hug and kiss. That doesn’t seem fair now, does it? Look at all the happy faces around you. They don’t deserve happiness any more than you now, do they. Where’s your God at now? What is he doing to help you? I’ll tell you what. Nothing, he’s done nothing! He only wants your praise and adulation, to put him on a pedestal. He exists for that stuff, but he doesn’t care about you, he never has. But me I’ll always be there for you, forget him and come on over to my side, and you’ll never know loneliness again, you’ll be happier than you ever have been,
The man swung around and looked right into Satan’s eyes. “Oh, you are so barking up the wrong tree. Did you think I was crying because I am sad? No sir I these are tears of happiness.”
“Happiness? What do you have to be happy about.”
“What do I have to be happy about? Well, let’s see, I woke up this morning blessed to see another day on this beautiful planet. I looked up from my bed, and there was a roof over my head; I went to the kitchen, and there was food in my refrigerator. I think about the man I have become, and I thank my parents every day for guiding me, putting up with my nonsense, and teaching me how to live my life in a way that I can be proud of. Most importantly, I know that all this is possible because the Lord, my heavenly father, is looking out over me, I know I can’t do this alone, and I know I don’t have to because He walks with me every second of every day. You ask me to forsake him? After everything he has done for me? You ask me to look at what I don’t have and ignore all that He has given me> You ask me to believe he is done working on me; after looking out over me from the moment I was birthed. You ask me to believe he would turn his back to me and forsake him No I don’t believe I will. I’ll give it to you this is a nice little racket you have going on here. It Christmas some people naturally are a little depressed and you prey on those people. But I have an unwavering faith and that faith makes me too strong to fall for your tricks; you see, the reason for the season is to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Son of the Lord, the Son who gave his life to atone for the sins of all of my brother and sisters. I will not now nor will I ever forsake the Lord and his Son, so you can take your tricks and false promises and hit the road. You are nothing compared to the Lord.”
Satan looked back at the man and realized he could not compete with the power of the Lord, turned around and started to slink toward the door.
“That’s it? Are we leaving? You’re giving up so easily?” the minion asked.
“Let me tell you something” Satan said “I have been around a long time, and if there is one thing I have learned is that the Lord always has the better hand and when someone looks you right in the eye and calls your bluff…Well, you have to know when to hold them and when to fold them.” And with that, Satan left beaten and battered yet again to the higher power he has yet ever truly to defeat.
It is when it is the darkest that your faith in the Lord will open your heart to His energy, healing you in ways you—never thought possible, giving you the sight to see through the darkness into the light of a better day.
Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
The Journey Home is my personal exercise in strengthening and reawakening my faith after a near-death experience. So many things challenge and make us question our faith. Yet, it is these times of doubt that paradoxically we exhibit our strongest faith as it is in these times; our faith brings us through the troubled waters we are dealing with. This book was written to help both you and I reflect on our spirituality and get closer to the Lord. I hope it gives you as much enjoyment reading and hearing its message as I enjoyed writing it.
THE JOURNEY HOME
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My mind races with worry and uncertainty, yet my face presents a smile for the world to see. So many to talk to, yet I feel no one hears me. So many to walk with, yet I feel I am on the journey alone. I am only human, and I have human fears and worries; the weight of it all threatens to crush my spirit. But despite all this, I continue to move forward with the belief that the Lord is guiding, and watching over me. That He sees my fears and worries, but he knows that in my heart I do not doubt him and that when the time is right, He will see fit to rain down bountiful blessings upon me and remove all my fears and worries, and for that, I will be eternally grateful to Him.
Mom? Dad? Where am I? Have I crossed over?
No, son, you haven’t “crossed over” it’s not your time yet. And who talks like that? Crossed over? Anyway, come and sit with us. We know the last several months have been difficult for you, and we thought now would be an excellent time to visit you.
Well, it’s a little unusual, to say the least, but you’re right about that the last few months, they have trying. Sometimes I say to myself, why even bother? Does it matter? If the big man wants me to suffer, I’m more or less powerless to stop it.
Is that what you think?
That’s what I know. I mean, I pray to him. I’ve tried to live my life the correct way, yet here I am dealing with this. It’s like he has forsaken me.
So you believe that if you simply ask, he’ll look at you, and boom like that, you’re problems disappear? Interesting? But I can understand how you may feel forsaken. You know your mother and I have always believed you to be remarkable. Someone born with the unique talents to accomplish whatever you set your mind to—the empathy to treat others with love and respect and not expect anything in return. The intelligence to see a problem and reason out the best solution. So it is surprising that you do not see the obvious.
That the Lord will help you by showing you the way, guiding you to right path, but you must be willing to walk the road. There are no easy fixes. If you believe in him, he will believe in you, he will show you the way. But showing you is not the same as doing for you. Sometimes we forget that.
So you’re saying this is a test of my faith?
No, what you will soon come to understand, son, is he does not crave your belief. If he did, he would not have given you free will. What he does desire is that you live your life in accordance with the principles he has laid out. That you treat others with the respect and love, you desire. This is especially important in times of darkness. How you treat others when it appears all things around you are failing is a look inside your soul. You see, it is not a test in your faith in him but an examination of yourself. If you pass, it does not matter if you say you believe in him or not because your actions will show that you believe in what is right and pure, and that is what he desires for each of us.
I get it, righteously live my life, and the Lord will lead me in the direction of good things. Thankfully I was raised by two beautiful people who instilled in me the righteous way.
It is good to see despite some bumps in the road; you have chosen to live your life adhering to the principles your father and I set for you. But what you must remember is that as a living being, your definition of “good things” might differ from the definition of good things on a spiritual level.
Whoa, that seems like a cop out. Are you saying that no matter what you do, you may find you do not always get the happy ending you search for?
Yes and no. If you define your happiness as only what you can measure on the plane of existence for which you currently reside, then I guess you could say no.
Look at it this way, your mother and I are talking to you now. This plane of existence is very different than the one in which you usually reside. Yet the look on your face when you saw us. The feeling of love emanating from your heart and the happiness you feel right now exist but in quite a different way than if we were on your normal plane of existence. Stay still for a minute, close your eyes, and listen to your heart. Now let’s go back to the very beginning when you first saw us, and you asked have you crossed over. Suppose you had? Would that feeling of happiness and love you have right now cease to exist?
I think I understand. I genuinely miss you and how you always explained things to me. How you are able to make me understand things other could not, how you always showed me what is right is wrong. Most importantly, no matter how stubborn I was, how you never gave up on me, how you loved me as no other two people could ever love me.
You were our child, special in that you were not born of us, but we chose you to be our child. As much as you think we impacted you, watching you grow into the man you are today brought happiness to us as well. And do not believe we do not continue to benefit from that as we continue to watch you. We even cheat a bit, when permitted of course, and help you through some rough moments. The day will come when we all exist together again as a family, but that time is not now. You have much to accomplish yet, and we will be looking on proud parents. But for now, we must leave you.
Wait, will I even remember this?
Of course, I wouldn’t go around broadcasting it, spirituality isn’t what it used to be, and some may want to have your head examine, so let this be our little secret, son, and remember this is not goodbye. It’s only till next time. We love you.
And I love you, Mom and Dad, till next time.
So today, my horoscope said:
Dealing with the people you care for turns out to be a heavy burden. Spread the word far and wide, for it is time to set yourself free. After all, this kind of dependence ends up taking a serious toll. It’s not your job to carry someone else’s cross.
What a horrible way to think; as Christians, we believe that the Lord blesses us with His love and the strength to get through the storms that we face. He made the ultimate sacrifice when he gave us his son to relieve us of our sin.
1 Peter 2:24:
He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Knowing this, especially during these troubling times, how could we not pay His blessings forward to our fellow man. When the burden they face becomes too much for them to carry alone, should we not lift them up? Would we not want someone to help steady us when we are straining under the weight of our earthly troubles? Should we not help each other strengthen our faith when its waivers so we are reminded the Lord is working to relieve us of our angst? Have we forgotten that we are all children of the Lord, and He never gives us more than we can bear, and maybe it is through the compassion we show each other in difficult times that He is lessening our load? Do we not believe that He will look down upon us favorably and bless us tenfold for showing compassion to others? Remember, it is not only the righteous thing to do, but we are commanded to do it.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ
Remember, as humans, none of us is immune to troubles.
Psalms 34:18 tells us:
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
How weak and selfish are we to expect the Lord to carry our burdens and believe it is not our responsibility to provide comfort and aid to others that we look at our assistance to others as a burden to ourselves and allow them to continue to struggle, crushed under the weight of their troubles.
May the Lord give us the strength to help those in need and the foresight never to turn our back on others.
The powerful turning a blind eye to the plight of the weak
The rich profiting off the poor
We are living in troubled times, and Satan is hard at work. He never sleeps, He is the hardest working man in show business. Taunting us. Asking us where our Lord has gone? Why has he forsaken us? He sees this as an opportunity to swoop in and get many of us to abandon our faith and switch teams.
I know because, like so many, he has tried to shake my faith. He is a master at tempting us with solutions that appear to solve our problems, but those solutions come with a hefty price. Yet, when tempted in times of trouble, it is not easy to turn away from temptation, to let go of our worry and sorrow and believe that God has us. To remember that we are His children, and He loves us so much He gave us his son so that in his death, Jesus would set us free from eternal death. To be a seed sown for the harvest of our souls for all eternity so we could be redeemed into the family of God.
Many of us forget that no matter what we are going through at the moment, it is nothing compared to the abundance of blessings that the Lord has waiting for us. The devil knows this as well, he knows he can tempt us, make us question our faith, but he also knows that he will never, not even on his best day, have the power to shower us with the blessings that the Lord will rain down on us if we keep the faith and stay the course.
That’s why he’s out here with his nose in everything, working so hard to nurture the evil and doubt with-in us, to take us off our path home where the Lord awaits us. In times like this, He is especially active, looking to take advantage of the loneliness and sorrow many of us may be experiencing, having suffered through the loss of a loved one or challenging times we may be going through.
But stay strong, we must. Lean on our faith and laugh at the tricks he tries to get us to question our faith. Have faith that the Lord is still walking with us. So tell the devil that he can move on and look for another soul to try and turn because he is wasting his time trying to turn yours because your soul knows that God has you, and that’s all you need.