2018-10-10 - New Lampshade
Have you ever set out to find something, and it seemed to take an extraordinarily long time to locate? For me, it was a wooden floor lamp in need of a new lampshade. The one in need of replacement had some cracks in its ruffled edges, and its overall shape reminded me of a sunhat my Mom used to wear when she was out back, working in her garden. Making purposeful attempts in locating a new shade took so long that one small crack became three, and the inside of the shade had a couple of spots somewhat melted by bulbs being to close to its surface. It was only when I was not looking at all, that I found one while out doing a bit of shopping with my son. I brought it home, hoping it would be a good fit, and thought the burlap look would accent the walnut wood floor lamp. It was perfect. I began pondering the history behind this electric beacon. I looked at some photo albums, and was reminded of its original residence at my aunt's and uncle’s house in Penn Hills, PA. Next, it moved into my parent’s house - also in Penn Hills - until we then moved to North Carolina, and to the family room it went. After that, we moved to Virginia, and I got to use it in my bedroom. Later, when I married, it was back into a living room lamp, just as it is now. It’s now it the sixth home in over fifty years, and was just fitted with its third new lampshade. It has a new look, yet somehow has retained its original integrity.
When changes occur in our lives, what helps us retain our integrity? In this case of a life based on faith, the answer is God’s promise carried out through his Son Jesus. And the Father is the source of everlasting life, as the Son demonstrates in word and action. Jesus was an infant source of hope, and a proof of prophetic truth in the word. Jesus was a young man who was found by his parents in the temple courts, listening and learning among adult teachers of the word. Jesus was a man who practiced carpentry, and then later followed God’s leading to gather his apostles, to teach them and the masses. The last act was taking the blame for our mistakes, so we could still have the choice of everlasting life. In each stage of Jesus’ walk, he retained the original integrity of the Father who sent him to be about his business, showing the world how they could get back to their creator. A beautiful lamp in a world of darkness. My journey to finding that light started thirty-five years ago. Although there have been many changes, some of which were quite difficult, my hope is that when I am reunited with the Father, that he concludes I have upheld the dignity of his plan, to the best of my ability. The rest is up to Him.
“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:4-7)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted