Charlyne Cares for Kids


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The True Light

“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.”  Isaiah 40:25-26 (NLT)

One of Drew’s favorite holiday traditions was when he, his brother, sister, mom and dad all piled into the old Suburban to take a tour of the Christmas lights. Their favorite part of town was way up north where the people seemed to be trying to outdo each other with lights. There were large spruce trees strung with twinkling white lights and houses and windows outlined in green and red. There were dancing snowmen and animated reindeers and waving Santas. Giant multi-colored bulbs lined the driveways and Drew caught glimpses of huge Christmas trees strung with lights behind large glass windows. It was always fun to see and he always thought about what it would be like to be able to afford those kinds of decorations.

This year Drew got to ride up front with Dad. The view from the front seat was even better because you had more windows to look out of. And this year was even more spectacular than in years past. There were more lights, more figures, more twinkling snowflakes, more giant Spruce trees strung to the top. House lights danced in rhythm to music that blared from speakers. Drew spent much of the ride with his mouth open, gawking at all the splendor. That was when he wasn’t shouting for his parents to look at this or look at that. When the tour ended, Drew sat back in his seat to think about all the neat stuff he had seen.

But something bothered him. Out of all those lights and all those decorations and all those animated figures, there was no nativity scene. No Mary and Joseph and shepherds and animals. No Baby Jesus. Drew loved the sight of all those Christmas lights but how could there be a celebration of Christmas without Jesus?

Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:7-8 (NLT)

As they drove away from the neighborhood, the night grew darker and the lights grew dimmer. Decorations were few and far between until, as he looked out the side window, he couldn’t see any at all. “Kind of dark here Dad, isn’t it?” Drew commented. “No decorations or lights.”

Dad kept his eyes on the dark road but patted Drew on the knee. “Oh,” he answered, “I wouldn’t say that. I think this place has some of the best Christmas lights I have ever seen. Just look outside.”

Drew craned his neck to look around but all he could see were dark houses outlined by dim street lamps and the occasional headlights of an oncoming car. He couldn’t figure out what his dad was talking about.

“Look up, Drew,” Dad said quietly.

Then he saw them. Millions of stars shining brightly in the inky black of the sky. Twinkling stars as far as his eye could see. The whole sky was alight with their glow. It made Drew feel very small. But it also made him feel very safe – and grateful. Drew knew that the Lord had put together this holiday light show just for him, because He loved him. The neighborhood they just left, for all its fancy lights and animated figures, had nothing to compare to what the Lord had provided.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.  Psalm 147:3-4

As Dad pulled the car into the driveway, Drew caught sight of the nativity scene on their front lawn. It was lit by a single low-wattage spotlight, all they could dig up. But the sight of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and animals, and Baby Jesus, seemed to shine more brightly than anything else they had seen that night. With a backdrop of stars casting a soft, twinkling glow, Jesus was right where He should be, at the center of it all. In his heart, Drew whispered a grateful prayer for all that the Lord had provided for him and for his family.

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him…. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.  Psalm 33:1,6

God bless


A Stander in Nebraska

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