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Lupus Adventurer reflects on the first Christmas

One Perfect Lamb

Down from the glory of eternity’s home,
a baby was born as a carpenter’s Son.
Willing so humbly to enter our world,
Creator and Master, the Savior did come.
History splitting, prophecy fulfilling, sin forgiving,
life transforming man,
Jesus Christ, both Son of God and son of Joseph and Mary,
a miraculous plan.

Three decades passed without one wrong or sin,
lived as the One Perfect Lamb.
He offered Himself, life and blood for man’s sin.
Buried three days, He arose up again!
Overcoming sin, death, sickness and the grave,
giving life unto all reborn men he would save.
Accepting His gift, true forgiveness is found,
New life, new joy, and truest Christmas blessings abound!

Thank you for letting me share my poem from several Christmases ago with you again, this year.

Jesus Christ is my reason for Christmas!

Merry Christmas,
Lupus Adventurer

Copyright 12/24/2010

Lupus Adventurer’s answer to an age-old question

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My grandchildren at the
beginning of their lives

I wasn’t going to post this morning, but after I happened upon a thought-provoking post from new blogger Loribhim (Everything Has a Reason), I was grateful it caused me stop briefly and mull over a few things.

I would like to share my response to the great question and story, Give Me One Good Reason, about Loribhim’s father who died from lupus nephritis:

Reading your post triggered me thinking that perhaps part of the answer to your initial question, “what is life?” can be found in what life isn’t. This is the most profound of all questions, and yet is at the same time complex and deep, yet pretty simple viewed through humble eyes of faith in God.

The Bible says a man’s life does not consist of the things which he possesses, so perhaps it is much about people and little about stuff.

Life is not an accident, it is a creation.  Life is not a punishment, it is a gift.

Life is not having and doing things my way, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

Life is not temporary, it is endless.  Life is not pointless, it has one of two destinations, heaven or hell, period.

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My husband and me in
middle of our lives

Life is not meant to be lived without meaning and joy, for Jesus said, “the thief comes only to steal, and kill and destroy, but I came that you might have life, and have it abundantly.”

Life was not meant to be lived as a self-contained and self-centered existence, life was meant to be shared in love, forgiveness, fellowship and worship of God, our Creator.

Life is not ours, it is borrowed from God.

What is life?

What is life?

Life did not arise out of muddy primordial soup, God created and scooped up the clay from the earth He had made, formed man and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, His life.

Life is not a disaster, it is a miracle.  Life is not misery, it is transforming joy in the face of illness, trial, tragedy or loss.

The source of our life has no beginning and no end, hence Jesus said “before Abraham was, I Am.”  The Bible begins man’s story of life simply with five words: “In the beginning God created…”

Thanks so much for your post.  It stopped me for a few moments and got me thinking about what life is, and what it isn’t.

My father approaching the end of his life

My father approaching
the end of his earthly life

Perhaps this novice blogger’s age-old question will trigger a few thoughts of your own.

How would you answer the probing question as you face this earthly adventure we share?  What is life?

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What is your answer?

A heart-felt conversation, but not about Lupus today!

Easter conversation in my heart

Today is Easter Sunday!  My thoughts are focused completely away from my Lupus, and onto the silent conversation going on today in my heart.  Easter is not originally about bunny rabbits and Easter eggs, although they are certainly a colorful and fun part of many modern-day Easter observances.  Today, I am looking forward to an Easter that is all about Jesus Christ, and the amazing thing that happened early on a Sunday morning 2,000 years ago.  My internal conversation dwells on my gratitude for the One whose focal birth divides the Gregorian calendar into two halves, B.C. and A.D. [“Before Christ” and Latin “Anno Domini,” or “year of our Lord.”]

The Bible tells the Easter story

The Bible teaches clearly and simply that God Himself loved man so much that He Himself condescended to enter into His own creation, and came to earth, born miraculously as an infant in the person of Jesus Christ.  It reports that he He lived a sinless life, and then for three years had a ministry preaching and performing many miraculous acts in front of thousands of people all over the land of Israel.  He then died in undeserved punishment on a Roman cross outside the city of Jerusalem in Israel.

After His death, Jesus’ body was wrapped in ointments, herbs and fine linen and placed into a new tomb owned by a man named Joseph.  A boulder was rolled over the opening in the rock, and Roman soldiers sealed it.  The Roman’s remembered that Jesus had predicted in his preaching that he would return to life from death after spending three days in a grave, so soldiers were posted outside the tomb to keep watch for three days, guarding it against tampering, fearing the theft of His body by Jesus’ followers.

Empty tomb

Early in the dawn of the first Easter morning, Jesus arose from death miraculously, as He predicted.  The soldiers guarding his tomb were astonished, overwhelmed and stunned by His resurrection and the opening of His tomb.  Historical passages in the Bible report that after Jesus died and was buried, He arose from death after three days.  He then appeared after his resurrection to his disciple Peter, then to the other disciples, and after that to over 500 people at one time.

My heart today ponders and marvels at the love of a Creator that would motivate such selfless, merciful, forgiving behavior, and the importance of that event in connection with my life today.

The term “gospel” or “good news” comes from the Christian belief that Jesus’ death is offered as a substitute punishment for each man’s sin, available to any man who would believe in Him as their own Savior.  The “rest of the story” of the “gospel” includes the report of Christ returning to life after three days, and as a result conquering both sin and death.  This has the effect of forging a way for man to follow Christ’s experience of resurrection after their own death.  As a Christian, I believe that He gave his life in place of mine, and took the punishment I deserved for my own sins upon himself, and then arose from death. This sets me free by faith in Him from the punishment for sin, makes me eternally grateful, and opens a miraculous door for me to have a restored personal relationship with God himself.

Easter celebration!

Easter for a Christian is the annual celebration of the powerful victory of Christ over death and sin that reaches down through the ages to us, to me, to you, to any person who will believe in Him and trust Him to forgive their own sin and save their soul.

Later this morning there will be some beautiful, glorious music at church, where the worship service will focus on the Bible’s message of the gospel of Christ, the “good news” of Easter.  It will be a privilege to sing with the church choir some amazing songs of celebration and gratitude.  It will be a blessing to listen to my husband’s magnificent tenor voice as he shares a special solo about Christ’s resurrection with the congregation.  Finally, our family and friends will gather at my in-law’s home for a special afternoon Easter dinner, together recognizing and remembering the single historical event most pinnacle to our Christian faith.

Today, my conversation is all about celebrating new life, and faith in the One who makes life possible.  I can live, because He lives!  Happy Easter!

Lupus and the quote that most inspires me

A quote that most inspires me

Inspiration and strength of character necessary to fight an auto-immune illness come from many sources.  My most powerful and trans-formative resource for healthy psychological and spiritual perspectives are found in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures of the Bible.  Many passages and quotations strengthen my heart by encouraging, challenging or even instructing me to better understand my human nature.  Many verses within the Bible help inspire a positive outlook on my auto-immune disease, but one simple verse best expresses how my faith and relationship with Jesus Christ enable me to face lupus and all of life’s other challenging adventures.

The Holy Bible - a source of joy and strength

A Hebrew prophet living long before the time of Christ penned the words, “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” This single phrase reminds me that a joy-filled life and daily experience are not dependent upon circumstances, such as lupus, that cannot be changed nor controlled.  The prophet Nehemiah’s proclamation resounds with timeless truth: powerful joy and exuberant overcoming strength of character find their source in a faith relationship with our Creator, and not in the conditions and circumstances of our human condition.

The joy of the Lord is my strength.

This joy of the Lord flows through my daily life with an overcoming exuberance that need not be defeated by pain, illness, adversity, nor even lupus.  Real joy from God runs through me at a deeper level than the challenges of lupus or other life struggles.  This true joy is an unchanging and unfailing source of daily strength, mingled with great gratitude to the God from whom I borrow my strength.  The source of this amazing overcoming joy and power do not arise out of me, myself, but rather these strengths flow from God himself.

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