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Why We Can Praise In The Dark {A Redeemed Christmas Giveaway}

December 17, 2012

Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)


It’s rained for days here. Even when the heavens have held back their tears, the sun still remains hidden. What sky wouldn’t weep over a week in December such as this one?

The clouds pile on each other and the mud pools in the yard, there at the base of the hill. In the late afternoon, we gather around the wood stove, with the colored lights of the children’s tree twinkling in the background.

None of this homemade holiday carries enough wattage to brighten the darkened corners of the world, where suffering rages and parents bury babies, and territories are fought over for years without end.

The world looks awfully dark sometimes from my couch, with the latest headlines trickling steady across the screen. So much bad news. We watch and weep and pray.

More than anything, I just want to see Jesus here.

Now.

I’ve heard some say they can’t praise Him on black days, when the news spills one bloody story after the next, and while my head understands, my heart cries out praises–in spite of the bruising of grief. Because really, even as the clouds refuse to relent, it’s not how can we praise God in the dark, it’s more the question of how can we not?

Whatever the worst of the world, we have salvation–eternal life through our redeemer, Christ, who paid the price on our behalf. Whatever the horrors of the world, the price has already been paid.

Β This is what your sovereign Lord says, your God who defends His people: “See, I have taken out of your hand, the cup that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again”. (Isaiah 51:22)

We don’t praise Him because of who we are, we praise Him because of who He is. He commands that in all things we offer thanksgiving (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Praise in the face of destruction comes from the deep pit of our weary souls. Whatever the blackness of night we’re staring into, He remains our light–the Redeemer who calls us by name.

There is no night so pitch-black that His light cannot illuminate. There is no pit so deep that our praise should not echo off the walls of the lowest canyons of life.

Bought with a price, He frees us from eternal separation. We are redeemed–set free. The terrors of this world cannot take that away. Governments topple, nations dissolve into chaos, poverty threatens to poison the hearts of it’s victims, children are murdered at the hands of the sick and demented, but in all this, Christ was, and is, and is to come.

Look to the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were hewn;
The LORD will surely comfort Zion and look with compassion on all her ruins.(Isaiah 51:1,3)

I sit more than arms length from so many whose December unfolds under a dark shadow. For some there will be presents purchased but not exchanged. There will be laundry washed, only to be tucked into a drawer in a now empty bedroom. We can’t turn a corner without the reminder of the incredible ache of living in this broken world.

But.

Redemption has come. Freedom from eternal suffering has been given, paid in full for those who’d humbly receive.

Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts His people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones. (Isaiah 49:13)

I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; (Isaiah 49:16)

{Giveaway Details}

Today, I’ve got one of these beautiful pillows from the DaySpring “Redeemed” collection to giveaway. To enter, simply answer this question below in the comments:
What does redemption look like in your life this Christmas season?
for additional entries:

{Be sure to leave a comment for each entry}
*Giveaway is open to US residents only (my apologies to my international readers). Giveaway closes Friday December 21st at midnight. Winner will be announced Saturday and will have 48 hours to respond before another is chosen.

*I received this product for the purpose of my review.
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  • Reply Jessica Heights December 17, 2012 at 6:40 am

    What a beautiful gift that redemption is!!!!

    For me, redemption in the Christmas season looks like a time to be held by my Father and reflect. :)

    • Reply Kris Camealy December 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Yes, this is a tender time for reflecting and being held in the grace of His love… what a gift.

  • Reply Jessica Heights December 17, 2012 at 6:41 am

    You know I follow you on Twitter πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Jessica Heights December 17, 2012 at 6:41 am

    And I like you on Facebook! but I like you more in real life. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Jennifer Erd Cook December 17, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Redemption for me this year is knowing that God has rescued me from the pit of depression and delivered me back into the land of joy!

    • Reply Kris Camealy December 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Oh sweet redemption indeed! God is abundantly good and always faithful!

  • Reply mandey384 December 17, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Redemption… Means I’m no longer stuck in the dark that was my life before Christ. I’m in the light, I am the light.

  • Reply mandey384 December 17, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I also likes your fb page.

  • Reply mandey384 December 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

    And follow you on Twitter

  • Reply mandey384 December 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I get your blogs in my reader. :-)

  • Reply Julie December 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Redemption means Hope. Even on the days when I fail Him the most,He is more than able to redeem.

  • Reply Julie December 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I follow you on twitter!

  • Reply Julie December 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I love getting your posts in my inbox

  • Reply Julie December 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

    And I LOVE your Facebook page!

  • Reply Julie December 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Oh, and I’m sharing this post-gladly

  • Reply Barbie December 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Redemption means I don’t have to carry the weight of my past around with me any longer.

  • Reply Barbie December 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I follow on Facebook.

  • Reply Barbie December 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I subscribe to your beautiful blog.

  • Reply Barbie December 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I follow via Twitter.

  • Reply Barbie December 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I shared on Twitter!

  • Reply Leah December 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    For me this year redemption is being brought back into fellowship with my Savior

    • Reply Kris Camealy December 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      This reply makes me heart smile. There is no better redemption story, is there? πŸ˜‰ XO

  • Reply Natasha Metzler December 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    redemption, for me this Christmas, is in knowing and seeing how God continues to bring life to those things which I thought were dead.

    • Reply Kris Camealy December 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Oh that’s beautiful, Natasha. Wow, it is amazing to watch Him breath life into what was once withered. Thank you for sharing that.

  • Reply Mama Kautz December 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Redemption this year is my son starting a new relationship that started out with sin, but turning it towards God and now it is flourishing.

  • Reply Mama Kautz December 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I liked your FB page for one entry

  • Reply Amanda Medlin December 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Beautiful words!

    I already like your new FB and follow you! :-)

  • Reply Heather H December 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Redemption impacts me as I’m made new and brought close.

  • Reply Patty December 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Redemption for me this year is found in daily reminding myself that my hope is not found in wether my prodigal daughter comes back to The Lord and to our family, but it’s found in Jesus redemption…..

  • Reply Patty December 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I “liked” your face book page!

  • Reply Patty December 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I subscribed to your beautiful blog!

  • Reply Vanessa December 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Salvation and hope. Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed. In the middle of the busy-ness and despair and hopelessness of the world, we have hope, joy, peace, and everlasting love in Christ!

  • Reply Vanessa December 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I am an email subscriber to your blog.

  • Reply lindseyfoj December 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I love this pillow! And your pictures are gorgeous!

    I think I keep finding redemption each Christmas in spite of my dreams being JUST out of reach…remembering HE is real in spite of whether He answers in MY timing or not!

  • Reply lindseyfoj December 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I like your WRITER page!

  • Reply lindseyfoj December 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I am your Twitter pal!

  • Reply lindseyfoj December 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Tweet! Tweet!
    https://twitter.com/lindseyfoj/status/280861718991749120

  • Reply Crystal December 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Redemption this Christmas looks like focusing on less so He can be “more” (beautiful post, my friend)

  • Reply Crystal December 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I like your Facebook page!

  • Reply Crystal December 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I subscribe :) Of course. Who wouldn’t?

  • Reply Crystal December 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I follow you on Twitter. Do I get an extra entry for having your beautiful face in my avatar? hehe…

  • Reply Crystal December 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Tweeted it :)

  • Reply lindseyfoj December 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I am now a subscriber! Can’t believe I wasn’t already!

  • Reply Nikki December 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Oh friend. YES! Praise God…for offering grace even though…even when…even if… We’re hopeless really. The whole lot of us. All in need of a Savior. And He’s offered one to all of us. May I never get over it so that I may have praise flow freely. Even on the darkest of days.

    (don’t enter me in the giveaway — still I had to give you a comment hug!)
    Love your heart!

  • Reply Karrilee Aggett December 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Friendships redeemed… healing quickened… prayers and praise unite. What a beautiful post!

  • Reply Kim B. December 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Kris! I liked your FB page :)

  • Reply Kim B. December 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I’m an email subscriber :)

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  • Reply Janis Cox December 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Hi,
    I liked you on Facebook. Glad you showed me where to LIke you. Hopefully even though I am not a resident of the US – I am a Snowbird – but am there from January until March. If that isn’t okay – no problem I LIKED you anyways.

    • Reply Kris Camealy December 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Well, if you win and have a U.S. address, it should be ok! :) Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Reply Janis Cox December 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

    What does redemption mean to me? It means I can live my life fully – completely, unafraid, and in complete JOY of Jesus.
    Blessings,
    Janis

  • Reply Janis Cox December 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

    HI again,
    I am an email subscriber.
    Janis

  • Reply Janis Cox December 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Kris,
    I am now following you on Twitter.
    Blessings,
    Janis

  • Reply Rebecca Brandt December 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I like you follow you and tweet with you daily. What a beautiful post….

    • Reply Kris Camealy December 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you, Rebecca. You are a most faithful and encouraging friend! Merry Christmas, my friend.

  • Reply Mary Bonner December 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    redemption for me was apologizing to my adult son for my behavior and being forgiven. The BIG thing…I am thankful I recognized the behavior. That’s huge for me. Great post, Kris!!

    • Reply Kris Camealy December 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Mary, it’s so good to see your face here! I have been thinking about you, my friend, how are you?! Praying you enjoy a blessed Christmas!!

  • Reply Mary Bonner December 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I subscribe to your blog

  • Reply Mary Bonner December 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I follow you on FB

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