Saturday, December 24, 2005

28 Day Journey-Day Twenty

Saturday 12//24//05
20 The Day Before Jesus

Clinging to distant hope.
Are the promises true?
Looking heavenward.
Religion is not enough.
Weary of all the sacrifice.
Year after year.
We’ve heard about a coming Savior.
Can it be?
A God-sent one.
For us.

Darkness growing.
Joy fading.
Time wasting.

400 years without a word.
No prophet.
No message.
Not one syllable.
Are we finished?

Doing our best.
Life is bustling.
No vacancy.
We’re slammed.
No room for you tonight.

Heavy weight.

Little chance.
Darkness growing.
Bumping through the night.
Where are we going?
Is there something more?
Will He ever come?
What are we supposed to do?
Losing our grip.

This place is crazy-busy.
Even if it was true,
And He did come here,
We wouldn’t even know.

Through the day: Remembering.


  • thank You for saving us, Lord. we are grateful with our lives..

    "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." -john 3:17

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 12/24/2005 1:03 AM  

  • Lord, please don't let us get so busy that there is no vacancy in our hearts for You.

    By Anonymous Darcie, at 12/24/2005 2:17 AM  

  • I've been following the thread here...but not posting. I'll be volunteering in Nashville, and signed up to do so over three months ago because I felt God strongly leading me to. I thought I was coming alone, but a month or so later a friend decided to join me, and just last week my precious 21 year old niece, a college student, broke up with her boyfriend of a year and decided to come, too. Now the students at Passion have a face for me: hers. And I know someone somewhere loves each of them as much as I love her. God is already re-forming my heart, and giving me new eyes to see with. Come, Lord Jesus. Be glorified. Speak, and be praised. Send and shepherd, and be honored. I'm yours.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/24/2005 6:48 AM  

  • I know this may sound wierd, thinking in my head brings tears. But God is doing something in our generation. He has been preparing us college students to be more passionate, more devoted, more radical than we could even imagine. While He desires obedience more than sacrifice (1 sam. 15:22)sometimes, the way we need to obey Him is through sacrifice.

    Almost two months ago, God lead my boyfriend and I to break up. It was a godly relationship, but God has brought us apart now.I don't understand all the whys? and how? and other questions, but I do know one thing; it is for His glory.

    God has been preparing me for Passion by removing this relationship from my life. And I believe He is doing the same in others coming to Passion. I believe He desires to have our complete, full attention for what He is going to do there, and use us for as we leave.

    Lord, all though it hurts, thank You for taking everything out of our lives, in order that You may use us for Your renown. Lord, continue to empty us and keep us serving You.

    By Blogger Emily, at 12/24/2005 10:06 AM  

  • nice change of pace with the poem... sometimes less is more... thanks, Louie

    praise you, Father - You answered our deepest need in a baby

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/24/2005 10:41 AM  

  • The birth of Jesus has become alot more real to me this year. Just thinking of how amazing it is that He completely humbled Himself and came down to die for our sins so that we could be in His presence, where we were meant to be from the beginning, and that we may be pure as He is pure and be righteous in His eyes! Praise God! I love the presence of Holy Spirit!

    Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every burden, and the sin which so easliy entangles us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    -Hebrews 12:1-2

    It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
    -Galatians 5:1

    Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only god, be honor and glory forever and ever.Amen.
    -1Timothy 1:17

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/24/2005 10:46 AM  

  • Dear precious Lord Jesus
    Thank you for comming to this earth to die for our sins!!Please help us always remember what you did for us and let us remember your precious birth always!!We love you Lord Jesus!!Amen

    Merry Christmas Mr.Giglio

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 12/24/2005 11:02 AM  

  • God asks us to humble ourselves. Ironic, considering that in the end we have absolutely no reason to be the arrogant people that we are.

    Jesus completely humbled Himself for us when he had every reason to remain on His seat in Glory.

    Thank you, Jesus. We don't deserve you. You love us and want to be with us forever. The best Christmas present ever.

    By Anonymous Laura, at 12/24/2005 12:43 PM  

  • Do I expect Jesus today? Tomorrow? When? When will His plans be my plans? When will His heart be my heart? He hasn't forgotten me and His mercies are renewed each morning. Every day is a "do over", will I do better tomorrow?

    By Anonymous tunz4jesus, at 12/24/2005 2:30 PM  

  • Something to consider:

    When God created the highest heavens, he spoke.
    When God created the sun, moon and stars, he spoke.
    When God created the earth and all that is in it, he spoke.
    When the created sinned and fell short of His glory, he came.

    All of creation was flung into being with the voice of the Most High. Yet when His treasured possession was in desperate need of mercy, He didn't just say, "Forgiven." He didn't just say, "Ransomed, Redeemed, Restored." Instead, He came. He was born of a virgin. He lived among us. He died for us. He rose on the third day, that the world may know He loves us. When it came to our salvation, God didn't speak His Word. He sent His word. He worked salvation with His own mighty right arm. Consider the magnitude of Christ in a manger on Christmas Day, God in the flesh. Immanuel, God with us. Amazing.

    By Blogger timothy, at 12/24/2005 4:35 PM  

  • Thank you Lord. Thank you for these reminders of your grace and greatness. Your grace is enough to sustain us all yet how are we ever worthy of this grace? I pray that you will continue to work in all our hearts preparing us for the journey we are about to undertake. I can feel you moving and changing the world around me. Thank you Lord.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/24/2005 5:02 PM  

  • Man o Man,

    God prepare me.
    I dont know what that means.
    But please do it.
    Take this weight off my heart.

    I remember you today.
    Thankyou for Humbling yourself.
    You alone, are my King.

    By Blogger Kyle Williams, at 12/24/2005 6:22 PM  

  • I often get so busy with taking it easy after finals and everything else that i forget what Christmas is. I get so caught up enjoying my free time that I don't think of Christ and the place He has in my life. Thank you for reminding me that Christ is and needs to be the center of my life. Im praying for those who are headed to Nashville and I'm thankful for these blogs which remind me what I'm living for.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/24/2005 9:12 PM  

  • wow, i didn't think there were words i could find that had the power and truth to express how i've felt...how i feel..."waiting...weary...forgetting..." I ask whoever will read this to pray for me. I'm not sure how to ask you to pray for me, but that's okay b/c even though i feel like i'm losing hope and sight, I believe that the spirit will still intercede. my way has been paid 2 go 2 passion...the choice is mine. i have no desire...my heart doesnt feel prepared, but pray that what God wants happens...no matter what. i need to see the Truth again... thank you brothers and sisters -waiting

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/24/2005 9:35 PM  

  • Passion, should not just be 4 days for our generation but a lifestyle and a way of life. I am often too busy to take care of those around me until her recently I lost my grandmother and she before she passed away told me I still needed to go and SERVE no matter what happens. I may be side but I give all that I have and am to Him who created me.

    By Blogger Kristopher Rochelle, at 12/24/2005 11:29 PM  

  • Lord, when Jesus came your people were looking for a leader to deliver them from their enemies and fill the long-felt silence. What they got was a different kind of deliverance. A deliverance from the sin that was infecting the entirety of humanity. Now, in this season, we celebrate the deliverance you give to all who accept it. Thank you Lord for coming,and thank you for giving us passion for your glory. May it grow greater today than yesterday, and greater tomarrow than today, and may our hearts be passionate for you before Passion so that we could come out of Passion with a renewed vision and not just an emotional fervor that will quickly die away. Make my heart like yours Jesus

    By Anonymous Kevin, at 12/24/2005 11:38 PM  

  • I just registered for Passion. I just registered for Passion!!! I just registered for Passion!!!!! Sorry, I'm a little excited. You see, I had decided I couldn't go for financial reasons, and had written as much earlier on this blog, yet continuing in prayer for this conference. God used Passion 05 in such a huge way for me to encourage my faith in Him, and in many ways, enlarge my view of Jesus and open my self up for full-time work in His story. No more of this part time moon-lighting on the side. But I'm getting away from myself. Yesterday, I was just driving and praying while listening to How Great is Our God, when I started to realize how selfish I have been getting, and how my dependence on God had started to become replaced by doubt, lies, and my abilities. So I just prayed, Lord make me dependent on you again! And it was in those prayers of surrender that I felt God say, Mark, I want you to go to Passion. I'll provide for you, just as I always have. Go where I send you with the knowledge that I will never send you where I have not already been working. When I got home I rushed to www.268generation.com and checked to see if registration was open, and SWEET, there is was, 95% full. After more prayer and a good 7 hours 57 min. of sleep, I clicked submited my information to Passion and my plans to God, and I am PUMPED to see what he will do!

    Lord Jesus, thank you so much for granting this desire of my heart! It amazes me to see how powerfully you work when I just submit to you . I am further astounded that in this submition I find the greatest joy and pleasure, YET you heap on extra blessings further adding to that. You are SO GOOD! I am in need of you, Jesus, and I'm not the only one. Use me for your purpose at home and at Passion. Bind Satan and plans to destroy us and to inhibit are usefullness for you and therefore our joy by pride and lust. Make us humble and dependent on you! Calm and encourage those who are preparing for the conference. Relieve their stress, and even let them sense Your presence and Your peace, that their service leading up to and during the conference may be an act of Worship for You! Give them strength and wisdom!

    By Blogger Mark Miller, at 12/24/2005 11:41 PM  

  • Father...
    Be the change in me. My failures overwhelm me. My doubts and fears control me. Be the change in me. My undisciplined life can no longer win. As Crowder put it... we win. And God, we do win! May this be the beginning, not an end or anything, but the beginning. May the fire in my heart burn again, unquenchable....

    By Blogger Justin, at 12/25/2005 12:10 AM  

  • you know, i just now have been reading these posts and comments, and i'm so sad i didn't know about it sooner, but i know it's made my heart smile in the past few minutes looking over them. and Merry Christmas!! 12:01. i was looking at a baby today, and it hit me that that gurgling little bundle is exactly what the God i kneel to became. touchable. real.
    Jesus we are all so different but all the same in that we need You. Desperately. We cling to You and the hope You offer.
    Love's pure light; Radiant beams from Thy holy face at the dawn of Redeeming grace--Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/25/2005 12:13 AM  

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    By Blogger psalmsgirl, at 12/25/2005 1:58 AM  

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    By Blogger psalmsgirl, at 12/25/2005 2:27 AM  

  • Dear Anonymous. please know that a family in Australia, (who have no way of attending Passion '06,) will be, and are now praying for YOU.
    You said that you are weary and so we pray that the scripture that says "those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength" will be very real to you.You also said that you need to see the truth, and so we will continue to pray for you that you have a revelation that is life changing, of Jesus in all His glory, during your time at Passion. He alone is the Truth. We will continue to pray for you from now and even after the conference. Many blessings and keep holding on!!

    By Blogger gail, at 12/25/2005 6:04 AM  

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