Thursday, December 17, 2015
A Must-See. Do we SEE? What do we Clamor After?
Do we see the beauty in others? Do we feel overlooked at times? This must be how Christ feels. He is our precious Gift but yet many times ignored, especially this Christmas season. I think this incredible video, below, my daughter, Marianna, sent of the famous violinist, Lindsey Stirling (incognito!) playing while being ignored in the subway as the manger scene is at her feet speaks so hugely. The people around her indiscriminately are on phones, running to and fro in busyness, ignoring the beautiful gift...and The Gift...They walk on by.
Let's see the Jesus in others, let's be Jesus to others.
It's amazing to me how so many, even church-goers (notice I do not call all church-goers, Christian.) The fruits of so many who even attend various churches are the love of the world in so many cases. We see and hear; envy, jealousy, name-dropping, comparisons, gossip, just wanting to fit in and bowing before being-part. The pure and lovely are often overlooked when so many are looking for glitz, name recognition etc. People sadly clamor for that plastic, position and glimmer so many times!
Our daughter, Michelle's wedding last fall was a very good example of a sweet wedding that glorified Christ, the wedding was held in a beautiful old church with stained glass windows of Christ with His lambs, a violinist played, organ music abounded. Even Michelle and Josh's coworkers became tearie-eyed as Michelle came down the aisle. The reception was lovely in the pretty, dimly lit lovely church hall, a male pianist playing instrumental music and lovely finger foods, tea, coffee with a vintage look wedding cake was presented, along with natural fresh flowers and berry decorations atop old Grace Livingston Hill books adorning tables with dark plum table cloths and tea lights. The aura was lovely and sweet. Many who notice and appreciate the pure and lovely loved the godliness and purity of Michelle and Josh's wedding and have told us so, for they were encouraged. But sadly, some of our even closest relatives and acquaintances chose to not only overlook this wedding, one older generation person has indiscriminately and heartlessly, purposely, bragged to my husband and Michelle on others' weddings serving the world up with loud bands, huge food courses, and all that goes with that. Someone who should have been so very proud, but who simply loves the world and sadly calls the things of the world, "beautiful" but also loves going to the modern churches, the person often dismissing sweet things. The Bible talks about that sort of thing doesn't it. Most of these are church-goers who will talk the talk of churchdom. Please know I'm not wanting to come across as woe-is-me, you see, true family was there as well as the precious friends who are like true family! They were there! They were beautiful Gifts! The contrast in the two attitudes was remarkable in who disregarded the wedding and those who so sweetly attended and were blessed by it! You could see so clearly who was attracted to what, no matter what talk they talk or what church they attend if any.
"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it." -C.K. Chesterton
What are we attracted to? What and who do we disregard? What and who do we embrace and tout? Are we embarrassed by purity? If we are, then something is very wrong.
If we love the things of the world, the love of the Father is not in us.
I think this young lady, this violinist in the video is beautiful in more ways then one. Very, very neat indeed.
You will see she and the little manger scene at her feet being passed by as she being incognito is being ignored as well as the precious manger scene, people passing by not *seeing* the Beauty. It's so wrong on so many accounts. May I see the Beauty in the ordinary. May I see Christ clearly as I go through life!
Please don't forget to see the video on the next oldest post. God's Creatures are also overlooked many times. Check out Factory farming and the dairy industry and you will see...I hope. It's not a liberal or conservative issue, but it is sadly and cruelly ignored by many.
Good Afternoon Loves, amelia in the Forest
"Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair." -C.K. Chesterton