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

Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Giveaways | 61 comments

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.

 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.
  • Jessica Heights

    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. :)

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

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

  • Jessica Heights

    You know I follow you on Twitter ;)

  • Jessica Heights

    And I like you on Facebook! but I like you more in real life. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/cook.jennifer Jennifer Erd Cook

    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!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

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

  • mandey384

    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.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Yes! I LOVE this! ;)

  • mandey384

    I also likes your fb page.

  • mandey384

    And follow you on Twitter

  • mandey384

    I get your blogs in my reader. :-)

  • Julie

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

  • Julie

    I follow you on twitter!

  • Julie

    I love getting your posts in my inbox

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      You are so sweet to me.

  • Julie

    And I LOVE your Facebook page!

  • Julie

    Oh, and I’m sharing this post-gladly

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

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

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Amen!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I follow on Facebook.

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I subscribe to your beautiful blog.

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I follow via Twitter.

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I shared on Twitter!

  • Leah

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

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      This reply makes me heart smile. There is no better redemption story, is there? ;) XO

  • Natasha Metzler

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

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

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

  • http://www.mamakautz.com Mama Kautz

    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.

  • http://www.mamakautz.com Mama Kautz

    I liked your FB page for one entry

  • http://twitter.com/AmandaMedlin_ Amanda Medlin

    Beautiful words!

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

  • http://cultivatedlives.blogspot.com/ Heather H

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

  • Patty

    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…..

  • Patty

    I “liked” your face book page!

  • Patty

    I subscribed to your beautiful blog!

  • Vanessa

    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!

  • Vanessa

    I am an email subscriber to your blog.

  • lindseyfoj

    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!

  • lindseyfoj

    I like your WRITER page!

  • lindseyfoj

    I am your Twitter pal!

  • lindseyfoj
  • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com/ Crystal

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

  • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com/ Crystal

    I like your Facebook page!

  • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com/ Crystal

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

  • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com/ Crystal

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

  • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com/ Crystal

    Tweeted it :)

  • lindseyfoj

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

  • http://simplystriving.wordpress.com/ Nikki

    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!

  • http://www.facebook.com/karrilee.aggett Karrilee Aggett

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

  • http://www.canaanboundbrigade.wordpress.com/ Kim B.

    Hi Kris! I liked your FB page :)

  • http://www.canaanboundbrigade.wordpress.com/ Kim B.

    I’m an email subscriber :)

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  • http://www.janiscox.com/ Janis Cox

    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.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

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

  • http://www.janiscox.com/ Janis Cox

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

  • http://www.janiscox.com/ Janis Cox

    HI again,
    I am an email subscriber.
    Janis

  • http://www.janiscox.com/ Janis Cox

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

  • http://www.momsmustardseeds.com/ Rebecca Brandt

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

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

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

  • http://twitter.com/TheMaryBonner Mary Bonner

    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!!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      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!!

  • http://twitter.com/TheMaryBonner Mary Bonner

    I subscribe to your blog

  • http://twitter.com/TheMaryBonner Mary Bonner

    I follow you on FB