Chosen People

Chosen People
Those who know Christ,

His chosen ones;

called His daughters,

known as His sons.

Direct access,

we are His own;

royal priesthood,

through His love, shown.

Called to declare,

praises to God;

who rescued us,

from darkened sod.

Once on our own,

now treasured, His;

called God’s people,

with grace to live.

Mercy now found,

generous gift;

granting us hope,

all praise we lift.

Wonder of Light,

Savior of all;

I give my heart,

to heed Your call.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” – (I Peter 2:9-10)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we turn to You and give You our heart, You consider us among Your chosen people – a royal priesthood; a people belonging to You; called sons and daughters – whom You now allow into Your wonderful light. Thank You for rescuing us from our dark and sinful state, and granting us access to the true treasures found in You alone. Forgive us for the times that our gaze and heart have wandered, and help us fix all of our attention on who You are. May we live lives that sing of Your hope, so that many may come to be found in You. All glory and honor to You, God. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

The Light of the World

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” – I John 1:5

image by Martha Orlando

image by Martha Orlando

God sent His only Son, Jesus, to be the light of the world. “Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable.  Darkness represents what is sinful and evil.  The statement ‘God is light’ means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin.” – (NIV Study Bible footnotes)

Before the birth of Jesus, the light of God had to be pursued through perfect adherence to the letter of the law, accompanied by various sacrifices for shortcomings.  To live such a life was nearly impossible, and few found way into God’s favor.

Nearly two millennium ago, everything changed.  God out there, became God right here – Emmanuel, God with us.  His loving light entered earth as an infant, who grew into a man who instructed and taught us how we too, might live in His light.  In our sinful state, instruction was not nearly enough.  Without atonement and ongoing help, our own darkness would surely destroy us.  Not wanting even one of us to be destroyed by darkness, Jesus lovingly and willingly decided to die in our place.  Death could not defeat His deity, and on the third day, He rose again.  When He returned to the right hand of His Father in heaven, He sent us a helper through His Holy Spirit – to be our Counselor and Comforter.

Today, we have great reason to rejoice, as we celebrate the coming of Christ – the Light of life unto the world!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for sending Your Son to be the Light of the world.  Thank You for the life and death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the hope and help provided to all who believe by Your Holy Spirit.  May our love reflect Your holy light to one and all always, and on this Christmas night.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present