Christmas Celebration season can be a great time for reflection of past Christmases, and even more important, taking a glance at our spiritual future. Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote a poem, a rather long one titled, Ring Out, Wild Bells. The last stanza states:
“Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.”
The stanza can apply to the individual who in Christ through faith becomes a valiant, courageous man, ready to accept responsibility for his thoughts, feelings and actions. This is the mark of a truly free man. Blame placing is always the mark of the petty snarky male masquerading as a man, still bearing the shame of his own sin, as was the first man, Adam.
We who know Christ may ring out such a man and become one with a larger heart, knowing we are bigger than the mundane and also know the joy of extending the kindlier hand to help struggling souls to get up and going.
The true sharing of personal salvation contributes to ringing out the pervading darkness of our land, thus ringing in the dawning of the New Day, the era of Jesus Christ, whose light shines brightly and leads over horizon before unseen.
Those who visited Him on the eve of His birth were changed with expectation; we who bow the knee to Christ are likewise changed looking to His finished work.
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly