By: Darrelyn L. TuttIt wasn't my plan to do much for Christmas this year in the way of decorating;With a new move under our belt and all the upheaval that accompanies it, I questioned whether I had the energy to tackle Christmas.But ... the "Nativity" seemed a must.Locating the box that held the Nativity was a job in and of itself and by the time I found it, I'd already unpacked most of Christmas.Hmmm ...No small delight was mine when I finally found the box with the little writing marked "Nativity."But what I expected to find and what I actually did find were two very different things.Can we believe that in our whole move not one thing got busted and broken up but ... my beautiful Nativity set.The nice one with the beautifully painted, picturesque porcelain figures.Blast and bugger ... what a sore disappointment.-Baby Jesus had a chip in his cradle.-One wiseman had disappeared.-One wiseman had lost an arm.-A sheep's leg had gotten sheered off And notably and worst of all ...-Joseph's head was broken clean off.I held the decapitated Joseph in my hand and, due to the supreme shattering he underwent, knew that his state was irreversible.Gratefully Mary survived unscathed ... but the whole manger scene was one of sad disrepair.-----And right in that moment ... God chose to seize the moment and this is what I heard Him say,The scene you're holding and looking at, Darrelyn, is a "broken real scene" composed of broken real lives. The scene that you're in possession of is the reason I sent my Son to earth and it is a far better depiction of man than the one which man works to display.All men are broken, Darrelyn,Even the one's in the Nativity scene.Man's brokenness is the "reason for the season,"And My presence is what situates a "Living Hope" into the season.Breathe the message in and share it:In all of your brokenness,I was born for you.In all of your brokenness,I gave My life for you,In all of your brokenness ...I love you.And I felt the presence of God in the "Broken Nativity." ------Hmmm ...Perhaps when we come to terms with our brokenness we begin to understand the true meaning of Christmas.And perhaps I've never owned ... a more valuable Nativity set.So much to think about.Merry Christmas.
LANGUAGEBy: Darrelyn L. TuttThough language be spoken,And message be clear;No word utters speech,Like the drop … Of a tear.
Until it has soundly felt the paralyzing effects of trusting an untrustworthy frame;Until it comes to grips with the unsteady gait,-The changeable behavior,-The fickle demeanor,-And the absense of absolute certainties ...One's walk with God remains shallow, immature, and incomplete.------The recognition of all that man is and all that he is not ...And the acceptance of the realities which follow are the exact agents which usher the soul into a profound experience with God.The "realities of man" become the living catalyst which serves to catapult the soul into an intense, intimate, and indescribable place with the Almighty.This journey on earth with fickle man was intended to lead us into a deeper and fuller life with a faithful God.Disillusionment with man affords new discoveries about God and induces a desirability for more of Him.This is a discovery we each must make ...On the journey home.------"But Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in man."John 2:24-25
GRACE ABOUNDSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Grace abounds in fragile moments,Take a look around and see;Tender acts of love and mercy,Do abound to you and me.
Daily do we need His kindness,Daily do we need to bow;Thanking God for all He gives us,For the here … and for the now.
Comfort is the strength of heaven,Manifest to human eye;Balm upon the lowly spirit,Calm upon the desperate cry.
God of mercy and compassion,God of wonder, God of might;Give us grace to see Your goodness,Give us truth to see Your light.
Grace is ours in fragile moments,Take a look around and see;Tender acts of love and mercy;Do abound to you and me.------"Being confident of this very thing; that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."Philippians 1:6
HAZEL AND BLUE By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Hazel and Blue" are the names you'll see written on the top of most of our score sheets."Hazel and Blue" are the playful terms of endearment I use when I'm playing games with my client. Hazel is the color of my client's eyes and blue is the color of mine.Every day we play games together in an attempt to keep the mind sharp, alert, and focused and everyday the same competitive edge comes out of both of us:-We both like to play and we both like to win.-We both like to talk and we both like to laugh.-We both like to tease and we both like to jest.But neither one of likes to shuffle the cards ...So that's my job.And neither one of likes to lose ...So I do that once in awhile too.Smile.Some of our best conversations have taken place in the midst of our card games.Some of our greatest transparencies have been revealed in the midst of a game.When God chose to put a "Hazel and Blue" together He did a very special and healing thing in both of our lives.To Him be praised ... I love Him so.----- I write this on Tuesday evening and I'm thinking about my dear "Hazel" because I had an unexpected day off.My hours were cancelled due to icy country roads and unsafe conditions,and while a break from routine is appreciated, my day feels far less complete without the presence of my client in it.And I miss "Hazel."Shortly I will crawl into bed and picture her in the midst of her evening routine and I will smile to myself, tuck her into my prayers, and nod off to sleep.To Hazel from Blue,There's no one like you.I love you and I'll see you ... In the morning.-----"Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart."Psalm 73:1
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