Christmas 2016 by Brunhilde Luken

Dear Friends,

Christmas is coming closer. It is such an exciting time of the year. I see the most beautiful decorations, many lights, also angels. We also see the displays of a crèche with the baby in it. The world is again waiting, waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ. The Christ that came into the world to save us from our sins. God loved us so much that He sent us His only begotten Son to set us free. This is the greatest gift we can ever embrace. Continue reading “Christmas 2016 by Brunhilde Luken”

Merry Christmas Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year

By Brunhilde Luken

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas celebration, a time to experience and celebrate the birth of Christ renewed within yourself. What a Gift our Lord gave to us. What a Gift we are able to celebrate each moment, each day, and each year anew;

It is all because Mary said “yes” to the Lord, not knowing all she said “yes” to, because she loved the Lord.

Let us all say “Yes” to our Lord’s teachings and see Christ in all of our brothers and sisters to help bring peace on earth. Then, together we can shout out with joy:

“LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME!”

The Magic of Christmas by Brunhilde Luken
The Magic of Christmas by Brunhilde Luken

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,” which is translated, ‘God with us.’” (Matthew 1:23)

The following is taken from my daily reading My Utmost for His Highest:

His Birth and Our New Birth

His Birth in History. “That Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1: 35). Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of–He is a Being for whom the human race can take no credit at all. He is not man becoming God, but God Incarnate—God coming into human flesh from outside it. His life is the highest and the holiest entering through the most humble of doors. Our Lord’s birth was an advent—the appearance of God in human form.

His Birth in Me. “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you…”(Galatians 4:19). Just as our Lord came into human history from outside it, He must also come into me from outside. Have I allowed my personal human life to become a “Bethlehem” for the Son of God?  I cannot enter the realm of the kingdom of God unless I am born again from above by a birth totally unlike physical birth. “You must be born again” (John 3:7). This is not a command, but a fact based on the authority of God. The evidence of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God that “Christ is formed” in me, His nature immediately begins to work through me.

God Evident in the Flesh. This is what is made so profoundly possible for you and for me through the redemption of man by Jesus Christ.

This is Christmas–a poem by Brunhilde Luken

I walked through this beautiful town.
The sun was shining brightly. It was so peaceful.
The leaves were glistening from the morning dew.|
I made a comment, how beautiful,
To my guardian angel who was guiding me through town.

He looked at me and said:” you have to see this on Christmas”
Immediately everywhere the lights started flickering.
The whole town was lit up.
A tremendous peace came over me.
I looked at him and said:” Oh yes, this is Christmas.”

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

From all of us on the Commission for Women to all of you,

We wish you a Merry Christmas season and a Blessed New Year.

Christmas 2013: Seek after the Good, the Truth and the Beautiful: The celebration of the birth of Christ.

by Brunhilde Luken

Christmas is almost here, are we ready? I am not talking about the shopping, baking and card writing. These are all things that are somewhat important. They are not that important.

Christmas 2013

We are getting ready for the Birth of Christ: the Birth of Christ within us. This wonder, this light in our midst coming into a darkened world, is often hard to comprehend.

  • Are we ready to embrace all that the Love the Lord offers us with His Son?
  • Are we ready to accept His invitation to this cosmic dance?
  • Are we ready to love one another as He loves us, sending His Son into a world that is not ready?
  • Are we ready to be His Hands, and Heart and His Feet?
  • Are we ready to follow the light He is, the Light of a world full of tribulations.
  • Are we ready to share His Love in this often darkened world?

Our Lord informed us, “I am with you always.” Are we prepared to have a constant conversation with the Lord? When He comes into your life you are filled with this incredible joy, one that nothing can take from you. There is nothing that can take its place.

Live in His light and let that light shine in front of you to direct you in the way He wants you to go. With His light shining through us we are part of the divine life. We are taking part in this cosmic dance.

With the Birth of Christ all the Earth shall sing and worship Him.

Before Christ died for all of us, He promised us the Holy Spirit.  This is the Holy Spirit that we need to bring into the world to take away this darkness that puts shadows in so many lives. Yes, we have to be that light for the world.

It is the same light that will help us to be ready for the birth of Christ within each one of us. What a glorious day it will be when each of us fully realizes that yes, Christ was born for me. What a gift, the gift of the Holy Spirit.

All of this we celebrate each day and especially on Christmas when we remember the birth of Christ.

This is Christmas
by Brunhilde Luken

I walked through this beautiful town.
The sun was shining brightly. It was so peaceful.
The leaves were glistening from the morning dew.
I made a comment, how beautiful,
To my guardian angel who was guiding me through town.

 He looked at me and said: “You have to see this on Christmas”
Immediately everywhere the lights started flickering.
The whole town was lit up.
A tremendous peace came over me.
I looked at him and said:” Oh yes, this is Christmas.”

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

To all of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year from our house to your house with love, Brunhilde Luken

Christmas 2012 by Brunhilde Luken

“She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins.”

(Matthew 1:21)

Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,
which is translated, “God with us.”

(Matthew 1:23)

 Christmas, it is a special time of the year.

It is the Season when we all like to be a child again and feel this magic we felt long ago. Let us feel this magic now. What greater magic can there be, then our Lord being born for us. To show us how to have this magic in our hearts and show His love to one another. We don’t need to be a child to have this magic in our hearts, if we allow Christ to be born in us. Children’s eyes will sparkle with wonder when they hear the story of Baby Jesus. Let us celebrate this miracle of the Birth of Jesus new each year.

Decorations and lights are everywhere. There is this magic smell of Christmas cookies. Children and adults walk around with happy faces and sparkling eyes. People are running from store to store buying gifts for one another. Yes, we give love with a little gift, a “thank you.” We show the love that God gave to us with His Son, that love that came to us to awaken our hearts to one another. We so often forget. But Christmas, oh yes, on Christmas we allow ourselves to give a gift of love and to receive that gift. We show caring and love for one another that are so much needed in our world. A little “thank you” can bring so much joy.

Growing in Love

There is this special Christmas I so remember from long, long ago, when I was a little girl in Germany.

 Christmas long ago

It was 1945 right after the war
We had lost everything,
My father was somewhere a prisoner of war.
We did not know where.

Every day we sat by the little radio listening to the announcer
Reading the names of the prisoners to be released.
Not his name, not yet, it was our biggest wish that father would come home for Christmas.
Mother reminded us, we have so much to be thankful for.
There were seven of us children and mother

She kept saying, “Christmas will come.”
But Christmas will be soon
There was so much magic in the air
I was still little; there was no tree, no decorations, and not much food

Mother kept saying, “Yes children the Christkindle will come,
He was born for all of us.”

Then finally Christmas Eve arrived.
My older siblings and my mother where bustling around
Everything was spic and span.
We little ones were so excited
All that magic
We just sat there all cleaned up and waited

We could barely contain our excitement.
Mother kept assuring us, the Christkindle would not forget us
We just sat very still and trusted her fully.
She must know, she is all grown up
Then in the distance we could hear the bells

Oh mother, did you hear that?
This must be it; it has to be the Christkindle
Our excitement grew by the second.
We could hear each other breathe
There the bells again, oh mother,
Our hopes and smiles were bursting forth
Then the bells, very close
Then the music of angels singing by our door
Then a knock,
Mother opened the door.

What a beautiful sight
There was the Christkindle, a beautiful angel with big wide wings
And Knecht Rupprecht, her helper, with a sack full of gifts and a little tree with candles and decorations
There was a teddy bear for me, and a tiny village made of wood for my brother
Everybody got a gift
I held on tightly to my bear
He was so precious
We all sang songs
We were very happy.

Then the Christkindle left.
They had yet to see many children
We all happily huddled together. We looked at each other.
Mother said, “Didn’t I tell you the Christkindle would come?”
Born out of love to teach us to love one another,
This is Christmas!

I could see a little sadness in my Mothers eyes and a tear.

Then in early spring as we sat around the radio and my father’s name
Was announced as one to be released
Mother turned to us,

“Didn’t I tell you, Christmas would come?”

He was born to be among us, the perfect gift of love.Our Lord in our midst, born of a virgin,
Fully human and fully God, to show
Us a way to have Christ born in our hearts,
To live for all eternity.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas
And a blessed New Year

Unto us a Child is born, let us all go and worship this Christ child

Reflections on Christmas by Brunhilde Luken

As we celebrate
the birth of Christ,
let us remember that
He came to teach us
to love one another
as He loved us

May you know His love now
And throughout the year

To all of you from the Commission
of Women,
Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year

Gifts

by Brunhilde Luken

When we think about gifts, many of us think about something tangible, but the most precious gifts are not the ones we can see or hold in our hands.

We all received many gifts from our Lord, we just have to recognize our gifts. Gifts that we received to give. In Matthew 7:11 “Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”.

My brother-in-law in Germany passed away just recently. While he was very ill, not being able to do anything for himself, I spoke with my sister almost every day. If I did not call her, she would call me, even if it was 1:00 AM in Germany. Many times she informed me how much it helps her to be able to share his and her suffering with me. I did not think about this much except that I was sorry with her. I suppose this was also a gift, a gift of sharing in her and his sorrow. A gift of listening to her to brighten her day just a bit.

To me it is sad when somebody says, “oh, I don’t have any gifts”. We all have special gifts, just a little hello, a friendly smile at the grocery store or to a neighbor, picking up a newspaper that ended up too close to the street and placing it near the house, reaching a helping hand and so many more. Living in the Light of the Lord, will help us find our gifts, gifts we can freely share and brighten somebody’s day. In Romans 12:6 “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them in faith”.

I like to share a story about one of my best Christmases about eight years ago.

We were a group of artists painting together one morning when I turned to my friend and said: “somehow my art is not flowing today”. She replied: “why don’t you paint one of your fast ones today.” I knew from past experiences that when I am really inspired, my art flows easily. I said, “You are right.” Immediately I felt very inspired. When I paint I feel especially the presence of our Lord. I painted the head of a girl. I looked at my painting and named it “The Mystery Girl.”

The following year I took part in an art show with several artists. On one of the last days of the show a woman bought several of my paintings. Then she saw in the corner of my area the painting “The Mystery Girl.” She was fascinated by the painting and told me this would be a Christmas gift for her daughter. She asked if I could have it framed by Christmas. I told her it could be done. Before Christmas I called her to let her know that the painting, now beautifully framed, was ready to be picked up. She was excited but informed me she could not pick it up now because school was out and her children were home. I said, “Oh, just bring them, I love children!” She then informed me that the painting she wanted to buy, the one I just had framed for her, was for her daughter who was severely handicapped. I asked her the name of her daughter and she said, “It is Madison Rose.” “Madison Rose, what a mysterious name,” I thought. And immediately I knew that the painting belonged to Madison Rose. By then we had agreed on a price. I can still hear her say the name, Madison Rose, the mystery of our Lord. I immediately called her back asking her to please accept the painting as a gift from me,  that the painting belonged to Madison Rose. I knew that this was a gift the Lord gave her through me.

I shipped the painting to her and received a wonderful thank you note and several photos of Madison Rose. Her mother told me when Madison Rose saw the painting on the wall opposite her bed, she had the biggest smile. I was so thankful, what a gift the Lord gave me. I was able to give my gift of love, and I received such a big gift back. It was such a wonderful Christmas. I hold her photos dearly in my heart.

When God calls us to Himself, He reaches out for us and draws us closer to him.

Psalm 25:4,5, “Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths, Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on you I wait all the day”.