Context — Smile Bright Balloon
Smile Bright Balloon | God’s Peace on Earth
Note: IF you already have a rhythm or visual you like to associate the post with, OR IF you want to read it artistically blank-slate, then skip the short note at the end.
A year ago, the concept of a card in a balloon struck my attention. I wrote a framework for how the story might play out, but struggled to elevate it to a cohesive message — the “so whats” I worked with were too vague, specific, broad, narrow, or simple. I could not even decide if it was best as a poem or lyrical prose, woven with Scripture or introduced and concluded with it.
Then this Christmas came along, and it all made much more sense it my head. It is for you to decide if I successfully made it make sense on paper (online? in words? by sight? verbally? whichever expression you prefer, haha).
The Nativity account jumps quite a bit between the roadblocks and miracles. Yet, by God’s grace, one often cannot help but read the account with utter excitement — in part because of how He turned each roadblock into a testament of His power and mercy, the fulfillment of His promises.
We know that all things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28a), and the Nativity is living proof. Since it is not the will of [our] Father Who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish (Matthew 18:14), we can be confident that our God Who transformed what attempted to be obstacles to the Nativity into miracles will do the same for us as we run thus, not uncertain to obtain an imperishable crown (from 1 Corinthians 9:24-25) — the crown of salvation.
This message does not just apply in December (or January, as the case may be). The joy of the miracle manifests in every moment when we remember to look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2a), when we remember that the miracle itself lives in every moment because Christ is risen.
As members of the body of Christ, we are called to be reminders. We are called to be reminded. Regardless of a person’s state, God created us all in His image, and so each person proclaims some message of God.
Still, sometimes we are blind. Be it by our cares for the world, our lack of understanding, or our lack of faith, we hold ourselves back from experiencing the joy of Christ’s birth which precedes our own rebirth through salvation in Him.
God knows this of us, and the account of the road to Emmaus shows His mercy for us even when we do not see.
Our Prince of Peace, from the beginning to the end.
Merry Christmas! Glory to God, Christ is born! Indeed, the Saviour is born!
May your way be brighter and your dreams sweeter. Thank you for taking the time to visit! The peace of God be with your spirits,
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, ‘God with us.'” Matthew 1:23 KJV
Note: I have a tune that goes with these ‘lyrics.’ It has a bit of an Australian folk ballad style (a popular example: “Man from Snowy River”). I would also like to find a way to translate these lyrics to a streamlined animation (perhaps in a stick-figure or silhouette aesthetic).