E-journal Christmas, 2006


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This is excepted by a book by Walter Lanyon called "The Laughter of God." The book has been out of print for a long time, but I like to read this chapter of it every Christmas Day because it speaks of the wonder of having Jesus born within the manger of our hearts.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders and of his reign there shall be no end and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

So beloved to you who read this page...the picture of history and legend that you have cherished so long in your heart has suddenly come to life and the divine event takes place within you - within the manger of your heart. You, the sinner, the outcast, are actually the lowly manger wherein the Christ is born. His name is to be called Wonderful and the government shall be upon his shoulders. The government of what? The government of your life. The poor struggling sinner who has so long been under the law of "When I would do good, I do evil," he it is who suddenly sees the star in the East and goes towards the stable of his own heart and finds there at this glorious instant the divine event taking place.

And the government of your life is to be upon his shoulders. All the worrying and trying and effort falls away. "Cast your burden on Me and I shall sustain thee"; "Lean on Me"; "Come unto Me," a hundred invitations are given to the struggling man, but, until the divine event takes place, he turns a deaf ear to it all, unable to see how it can possibly take place. The quickening of the Father within. The recognition of the Divine Sonship. The glorious revelation of the at-one-ment with God. "Yet in my flesh shall I see God." All these and a hundred more testimonies hover about the new babe like angels of the Lord. Enfolding the universe of the newborn in the soft folds of their wings.

"For unto us a child is born, and his name shall be called Wonderful." His name shall be called Wonderful. Do you hear? Do you feel it? You who read this page, you? Blessings, floods of blessings, are yours - the heavenly hosts are descended unto you. You are in a blaze of light or revelation in the glorious NOW, right in the midst of your fear-filled life.

The government shall be upon His shoulders. Like a flood that passes through the stagnant waters of life, this glorous awakening shall sweep away all the scum and stagnation of human fears and thinking.

"All the ends of the earth shall come." The ends of your universe shall hear of the new birth and shall arise, and kings shall come and lay their crowns and jewels at the feet of the new babe. Thus will the monarchs of Health, Wealth, and Happiness, who have been so difficult to appease, come and lay their power down. No more shall they have dominion over you, for your life shall be governed from now on, not by a group of tyrants doling out a little happiness, health and substance to you, but by the Great Power of all - the Christ in the midst of you. The limited concept of life will be swept away. In its place is the Christ who says, "Before you ask I will answer," instead of the tyrants of human thinking who required sacrifice before they could be moved to do ever so little for you.

"My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." When in your weakness, when in the recognition of your inability to accomplish the good you would, you come to the point of the recognition of the Christ within, then you are "no more under the law," but "are under grace." No more under the law of what? The law of your human belief, the law of your human concept of life which was full of so much trouble.

"My grace is sufficient for thee." My grace, My Divine Influence will be sufficient for thee. The influence of the Divine surrounds you - it is above the possibility of failure or fear or harm. The long years of bondage are ended. The scorching path in the desert has terminated. You have come to the promised land. Do you see how it all goes back to the Christmas; to the new birth of that which is Wonderful and upon whose shoulders the government shall rest? The government of your human personality shall be upon the Christ and the Grace of the Christ shall be sufficient.

The Divine Influence is that which causes the acorn to press its tiny shoot through the hard earth, and even through places and under conditions that are pronounced hopeless. This same Divine Influence is that which opens the doors in walls that otherwise appear blank and adamant.

You are your own Christmas tree and your own Father Christmas. When you realize for an instant, "For unto us a child is born and his hame shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, and the government shall be upon his shoulders," then you have taken Christmas out of the symbolism and gotten back to the soul of it. It ceases to be a day of gifts, with pudding and turkey - and a possible church service thrown in with a magnanimous prayer for the poor - and turns itself into a heavely recognition of the Presence. It flings wide the portals of a New year, a New life, and a New field of attainment.

Joy to your world! The Lord has come. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is born within you.

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