12.14.18 It's that time again. We are supposed to let go of one year and look forward to the next. The problem is... for many people, they do not know how to make that transition. Never mind gracefully. The Holidays began in November with Thanksgiving, then we turn to Christmas and finally New Years. Three major Holidays, three major events. Lots of people see the Holidays as hurdles to get over or obstacles to get through. While others try to avoid them altogether. I understand life happens, bad things happen to us. None of us are exempt from that. Unfortunately, when we close ourselves off to the Holidays we close ourselves off from other people. If you want the healing power of God to work through you then you have to do something different. Besides us, there are lots of people. Beside us, all around us people are hurting and we have to be careful when we try to explain to God how wonderful we are when we turn a blind eye to those near us.
Scripture admonishes us to take care of the orphan and the widow. You say, where are the orphans where are the windows? They are in hospitals, nursing homes, jails. They are in shelters and on the street. I know it's appalling to actually consider the thought of visiting a stranger during the Holidays when we have our own set of problems... But are your problems keeping you from your blessing? Are you exalting your problems over another human beings existence?
Do not think to throw money at a bell ringer you've done a good deed. Those who are alone during the Holidays, those who will die alone during the Holidays do not need your money. They need your comfort. They need a hand to hold. A face to look at before they pass away. Far too many people around the world will die during the Holidays probably more than any time of the year. Think about it for a second... If you use every toy every gadget as a distraction to not be alone, imagine not having the luxury of those toys, those books, those credit cards, the stores, and the endless shopping. All are avoidance techniques to avoid being alone or feeling lonely. Those who are infirm, in places where they cannot escape the fact of being alone. It's sad people in nursing homes, hospitals and empty hallways have to pass away without so much as someone being there. During the Holidays do not shut people out. Invite them in, invite them over. You never know you may be the last face they will ever see.
This is the season to bring comfort and joy to others. They are not the most expensive gifts we can give but they are the most valuable especially in God's eyes.
When the arts stem from the heart of God, the limitations of creativity are no longer an issue. People will continue to be limited and bound by their natural senses in the arena of music, art and entertainment until they tap into the very heart of God. Every aspect of art needs to flow from Him in order to minister to others. Otherwise, it is just a magnified image of self. Don't do that... Prophet Tom