Waxing Crescent – Day 4

The light from the Moon is now a true crescent.  There is enough light now to actually see by.  What can we see by the light of this moon?  It is not enough to see great details like you can with a full moon, but it is enough to see the mountains, the valleys, and the ground at your feet.  It is enough to see the earth.

 God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. God called the dry land “earth,” and the gathering together of the waters he called “seas.” God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1: 9 – 10

Oh, the majesty of it, the grandeur, from mountains to valleys, from volcanos to caves, from crystals to smooth river stones!  No matter where you look the earth is full of wonder!  Yet why then are so many of us so restless?  Why is it that we move from place to place?  Why do we travel and explore?  We can we not just stay put!  Because we have jobs that we move with for the money or the security?  Sometimes, but not always. Because there are many exciting things to see?  Well, I guess, but that’s not it.  Is it because as much at home we feel where we live there is still something missing.  There is a part of us that knows this is just not the place we belong.  There is a part of us that knows, that searches, that will not let us rest because we are not of the world and we want to go home.

Jesus prayed: They are not of the world even as I am not of the world. – John 17: 16

We want to go home, to Heaven, to be again with God fully, but we are on the Earth.  Does this mean that we are here as a punishment?  Does this mean, as some would have us believe, that we were cast out of Eden as a punishment for our sins?  I don’t think so.  I think we were put here as another sign of God’s unconditional love.  Let me explain.

 Yahweh God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand, and also take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever…” Therefore Yahweh God sent him out from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed Cherubs at the east of the Garden of Eden, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. – Genesis 3: 22 – 24

Adam and Eve were not banished from the garden as punishment.  No.  It was to stop them from eating from the Tree of Life because if they ate from the Tree of Life, their sin would be on them forever.  There would be no chance at redemption.  He sent us out from the garden to help us.  So death was not a punishment either, but a way out.  He knew that there was a temptation in the Garden and therefore also put in a way out.  Ad as we have discussed before, we have Free Will.

The wrong Eve and Adam did, the sin, was in turning away from God.  When they turned away it caused them sadness as all turning away from joy will.  God is Love and He does not want you to be sad as you never wish for your own child to be sad.  With this sadness on them, if they ate from the Tree of Life they would carry this sadness with them forever.  God wanted to forgive us, not punish us.  How did God choose to forgive us?  A sacrifice, a sacrifice that turns back all sadness.

How?  How does the death of the Son of God turn back sadness?  For God to require a blood sacrifice of his only Son to pay for a crime is not Love, so obviously that was not the reason.  Jesus sacrificed himself.  Jesus is God.  God is Love.  It was not the sacrifice to pay a debt for a crime.  It wasn’t a sacrifice to change God’s mind about people whom He loved, so that He would forgive them.  So…

It was a sacrifice to change our mind about God.  God sacrificed Himself to us!

Wow!  Think about that for a minute.

People had turned away from love so we can’t love completely.  We can’t love completely so we can’t think of being loved completely.  The sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross was to show that we were so very wrong.  That we are loved beyond all measure.  That there was nothing that couldn’t be forgiven.  That there was nothing that God would not do for us.  That we can turn back to Him anytime.  It wasn’t our sacrifice to God, but God’s sacrifice to us.  That is the purity and the depth of His love for us.

By this crescent Moon we can now see the world, but we are not of it.  This is not our home.  This is our school.  This is where we can turn back from sadness.  This is where we can learn to love again.

Please join me in prayer.

“I come to you, my God, with a grateful heart.  Thank You, O Lord for surrounding me with your unconditional Love and Divine Acceptance.  Thank You, O Lord for showering me with all your sacred blessings.  Please open my heart so that I am truly grateful for all that you have done, are doing and will do, now and forever.  I am grateful for this earth and its mountains and valleys.  I am grateful for the volcanos and caves.  I am grateful for the crystals and smooth river stones.  Yet even more I am grateful for my chance to be here so that I have the opportunity to turn back to you, so that I may understand love.  I am grateful for your sacrifice that showed me the depth of your love for me.  I am grateful for Your Love.  For all these things – Thank You, O Lord.  Amen.”

Please meditate and listen to God.

 

Peace be with you.

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