ATONEMENT -- At One Ment

     HARK! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the Newborn King! Peace on earth, Good will to men, God and sinners reconciled".   Sung many times over the past few weeks, do we really comprehend the significance and need for reconciliation?  Not only with God, but with one another we need peace.
     I've thought much about this lately, as Kathy's brother died so suddenly with complications due to cancer.  He had a great smile and laugh.  He could have been one of Santa's elves with his jolly laugh, long beard, and that round belly.  But he could be very abrasive too, and rub you the wrong way quickly.  Several times he had been told to "never come back here".        
     He had conflicts with family members too.  He became separated from those he loved because arguements often ensued over just frivilous discussion!  He isolated himself (or was it insulated?) and he was not offered all the invitations for celebrations that others were afforded.  We loved him, but it was easier if we loved him from a distance.   Kathy and I also sought reconciliation between he and the others, and regret that it didn't happen sooner for some and never for others.  Reconciliation is something we still continue to work on.

     God loves us!  And He wants a closer relationship with us, but our desires to feed our bodies and minds with self-serving lusts and desires further drives a wedge into the relationship.  We are wonderers and wanderers, as we question what something would be like, then explore and experiment.   
     Let me develop this further, through the mind of, let's say,  a young boy ... He sees something which stirs his thoughts, maybe through the watching of a movie.   Taking nudity as an example, this prompts excitement in some form.  Then, he has a desire to see more.  His conscience, we hope, causes guilt to arise within him, but he wonders why what he saw created such a reaction in his mind and body.  Maybe it becomes an obsession for a time, and wants to see more.  To complicate the issue, access to the Internet is almost everywhere, so he pokes around on his phone or computer.  As you can imagine, one thing leads to another, and an addiction / obsession may ensue. How much further could we take this?  I'll let it go here ...
       You've perhaps seen TV programs of those with addictions to drugs and alcohol, hoarding, food, sex, cars, power, etc.  Anything can become an addiction.  If anything takes us away from our walk with God, we need to re-assess the issue.  Are you being led astray?  By what? or who?
     As we reflect on our wishes for a better New Year,  may we pursue a renewed love for God, and run toward Him.  Won't you commit yourself to a few minutes each day in His Word, and make it a habit / addiction.  Grow in Christ!
     Let us be one in Christ and One with Him.  at one ment = atonement  
Peace ...  GLYSDI,  PB