Wastelands of White (Christmas Ghost III)

Wastelands of White
(Christmas Ghost III)

Long time gone
And world’s away
We embraced the Stars
In the beauty and light
Of ages passed
And memories of gold
And watched a world
Transformed by good

But the road grew dark
Though a thousand nights
And wandered far
From the stories once told
Tales full of wonder
Alive with the truth
Now hard to remember
Like so many faces
lost in the crowd
Traditions in fragments
Shrouded by fog
Pieces of stained glass
Lying upon the ground

This is the ghost
Come in from the storm
White as the snow
From which it was made
Looking for something
That has become lost
Amidst frozen horizons
And wastelands of white
Where once there was warmth
And wealth of Spirit
When the heavenly realms
Drew near our homes

Waiting in silence
For the joy to begin
To again hear Angels
Sing upon the wind
And the extraordinary color
Of myriads of lights
Peace and forgiveness
Good Will towards all
At this time of all Times
To rekindle the fires
Upon the hearth
In this season of seasons
On this holiest of nights


God was at the party, but you missed it!

Paul said it best in 2 Corinthians 11; I hope you’ll be patient while I go on like a fool!

I’ve served the Lord for over 25 years. I’ve seen my share of moves of the Holy Spirit. Some times people do get a little carried away. They might bark like dogs, or go pee in the corner for all I know. But that NEVER EVER means that God Hasn’t been moving. That doesn’t mean He’s not moving now. There’s an old expression, and I’m afraid it’s true; Some people throw the baby out with the bath water. They are afraid of things getting out of control. They are afraid of losing members. They are afraid.

Like the prodigal sons’ brother, they don’t want to go into the party. Unfortunately, they don’t want you to go in either.

But some things speak for themselves. I’ve seen miraculous healings. Recently, not years ago. I’ve seen people set free, and not just emotionally. Not superficially either, they’re still changed the next time you see them, and the next time after that. I’ve seen Gods people worshiping and celebrating His presence for hours.

Now I’m all for ‘solemn assemblies’, and if you feel that’s where you need to go in the season you’re in, then that’s what you should do. But you should feel Gods joy and strength even then. This is, after all, about Him.

It’s not my Intention to come off at all cocky, or to talk down to anybody,  that’s something we all need to avoid. But there’s a truth that needs to be addressed, and it will not be served by silence.

God IS moving. A radical reformation of the church in our nation is at hand. No man can stop it. You can drop out and sit on the sidelines if you want, and ‘play it safe’. You can close your eyes, but it’s not going away. We need to be ready as Individuals and as congregations, for what God wants to do in our midst.

Don’t miss the ‘party’ out of fear or resentment. Scripture is full of accounts of how Gods glory and power fall in the midst of what some would consider a ‘party atmosphere’.

God had made the people very happy, and so on that day they celebrated and offered many sacrifices. The women and children joined in the festivities, and joyful shouts could be heard far from the city of Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 12:42-44

The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Ezra 3:12-13

I will celebrate and be joyful because you, LORD, have saved me.
Psalm 35:8-10

MAKE A joyful noise unto God, all the earth;
Psalm 66:1

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!
Psalm 95:1

A river and its streams bring joy to the city, which is the sacred home of God Most High.
Psalm 46:3-5

You have turned my sorrow into joyful dancing. No longer am I sad and wearing sackcloth.
Psalm 30:10-12

This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
Nehemiah 8:9-11

There was great joy in the city, for Jerusalem had not seen a celebration like this one since the days of Solomon, King David’s son.
2 Chronicles 30:25-27

The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the town!
Joshua 6:15-17  (There is power in this kind worship/obedience.)

And all the people followed Solomon into Jerusalem, playing flutes and shouting for joy. The celebration was so joyous and noisy that the earth shook with the sound.
1 Kings 1:39-41

The next day  there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration.
John 2:1-3

Have you Invited Jesus to your celebration? Some churches won’t let Him in because He messes with their schedule!

Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a mighty chorus:  “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” Rev 5:11-13

This is the heavenly model. Millions of angels, and every created thing  joining in worship. What more needs to be said? Don’t miss the party. I know I won’t.


There are basically two kinds of people in the world. Those that make a room come alive when they walk into it, and then, there’s the rest of us. Let that simmer in your mind for a minute.

“A thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I came to give life-life in all its fullness.” John 10:10 (ncv) What effect do you think Jesus had on the atmosphere any time He showed up? By way of comparison, what kind of effect do I have?

As a follower of Christ I am supposed to exhibit Christ-like qualities, and Jesus came to give life. He said so. And not just being barely alive, but life in all its fullness. Is my life conducive to life? Or am I a thief? A thief, you see, comes along and steals, kills and destroys.

If  ‘ …The joy of the Lord is your strength!’ Neh 8:10 (nlt), and I steal, kill and destroy your joy, then I am most certainly a thief of the worst kind.

Have you ever walked into a room and ‘felt the love’? I’m not being facetious here. When you get a place full of believers who actually care about others, It’s amazing. 

So, what kind of life am I living? Am I more concerned with the welfare of others than I am with my own Issues? When I ask someone how they’re doing, do I actually listen to their response? Do I pray for others more than I pray for myself? Do I have a passion to see everyone I meet receive life in all its fullness?


These are the true keys to real happiness. Bringing it to others is the only way to find ‘yourself’. I may never ‘light up the room’ with my presence, but I can move in that direction. We are to be the bearers of jesus’ light and life. I need to carry that with me wherever I go. If I do not then the Implication is that I might become a thief, someone out to steal your joy.