A Cold Night in Hell:


The date was December 16th. It was a cold night in hell. The sack was getting heavier with each step. The sound of her feet brought her closer to the gates of death, no other destination was in sight. When she looked to her left, she saw a big white wall. When she looked to her right, she saw a river flowing down its own path. So, she decided to glance behind her and unfortunately saw her past mistakes. Finally, she chose to look in front of her. Yet, instead of hope she saw hopelessness. Then, why was it that she was even trying to move forward? Why should she even bother? Didn't some poet say that "all good things must eventually come to an end"? She had no reason to keep moving. She had no family to look up to. She had no one to call upon. She trusted people in the past, but they disappointed her. So she stopped walking...right there...in the middle of the road to nowhere. She didn't even know the name of the street. She stopped moving forward...
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She put the sack down. It contained the few possessions she had left. She sat on the road side, bidding death to come to her. There was no reason to keep living in this world. There was no justice. There was no forgiveness. Only punishment and injustice. There was no mercy. She waited for hours, but death didn't come. At the sixteenth hour instead, a car came speeding by...a little red sedan. It was a lonely highway, and she wondered why anyone would be driving down this road at this time of the night.
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At first, the car passed her. Then it stopped a few inches from where she was, and then it reversed. A skinny young lady poked her head out of the window, "Hello," she said. "I have been driving down this road for the past two hours, hoping to see someone. I don't know what to tell you, but I know I was meant to meet you. I just moved down here. I won't be with my family this Christmas. I prayed to God to send someone my way, so it won't be lonely. I have a big house at the end of this street and I am inviting you. Will you be interested in a grand supper and a magnificent Christmas tree? My cook is really good..."

Tears were streaming down Tanyinka's eyes. She was trying to listen to what this woman was saying, but all she could think about was, "Mercy found me. God, you found me." December 16th would have been her last day on earth...

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This morning I woke up at 9.00am and proceeded to my closet, to praise God for everything He's done for me this year. For the highs and the lows, for the failures and the successes...for being my rock and strong tower.
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At the end of my hulla balloo, I kept quiet. Silence fell upon my room and I tried really hard to listen to His still voice. Maybe He had a response for me...
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Surely, the response came. Someone is not expecting anything this Christmas. While many are running helter skelter, buying gifts for their siblings, parents, and friends...someone somewhere has no reason to move on. But that's why we're here...the light of the world and the salt of the earth. The primary reason for celebrating Christmas is because God loved us so much that He planned that Jesus would be born for the sole purpose of dying to reconcile us back to our first love. But there's someone somewhere who has never known that real love...

So this Christmas, may we become the evidence of God's love to those who don't understand. Do something you've never done before to show this love...make it a challenge.

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33 comments:

Danny Bagucci said...

Yeah.. guess its easy to miss the fact that not everyone has the kind of things we have...and to take action to help them out.....

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Jaycee... God bless you.

It's amazing, what you have just written because my message to everyone as the year draws to an end has been this:

"Let the end of the year not be about what God can still give, do for, with or through you",

BUT

"what you can do to, for with and through someone, that will bring them to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the reason for the season, hence making God eternally famous in doing so."

Its amazing isn't it?

Yes, that's why we are here - the light of the world, the salt of the earth.

God bless you loads. Don't ever stop writing...
Much love

NoLimit said...

True words!!!
what you said about someone not expecting anything thing this xmas made me remember a conversation I had earlier with my colleagues!
It is so true and so real it stares us in the face daily...thanks for this

Boutique Mix Fashion said...

Lovely post!!!

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Amen! Inspiring as usual. Thanks!

nevender said...

Yeah, I am thinking abt it too... I want to do something I have never done before. For Jesus! God grace me to do so.

~Sirius~ said...

Ok, Jaycee....Are you in my head?
You always write things I can identify with at the point where I am reading your post.

*exhaling.......

I wonder what I'll do

~Mimi~ said...

MIMI IS NUMBER 3 TOP COMMENTER!!!!!!!!!! FROM NO NUMBER ON TOP TEN!!

MY GOD HAS PROMOTED ME!! help me rejoiceeeee :) you guys be laughing at me oh...you will soon start to rejoice with me for reaaaaallllllll whether you like it or not..


anyway...


I love this. and you are just echoing the things He has been telling me to do. :) thats why i love you jaycee. one of the reasons anyway!

~Mimi~ said...

meanwhile when are we getting the result for the JAMB question below :)

meanwhile i think its number 1 :) lol!

~Mimi~ said...

remi..watch out, I am coming for you!

rethots said...

Hmmm, only sometimes we are the ones to meet people and not people to meet us.

Remi, United Kingdom said...

nah lie Mimi.. Nah lie, I will not gree.. that's it, I'm sleeping with my blackberry and other gadgets! lol...

Funms-the rebirth said...

word!

adebanji said...

Thought provoking!

princesa said...

May he help us reach out to those in need this period.

mystoriesmytestimonies said...

merry xmas....
may God help us to do the right thing this season....

kay-shawn said...

Isn't it really sad how Christmas has become so commercialized? We need to always remember the true meaning of Christmas, which is the day the LORD came down in human form to sacrifice himself for our sins.

Afrobabe said...

Awww my eyes are wet..not actually crying but my eyes are wet..

At this very minute I think I am the woman in your story....I am tired and just want to stop...

Jarrai said...

Hey Jaycee

Dearie you never stop to inspire me, happy holidays xxx

Kémi Penélopê said...

This is such an inspiring story you shared...also it is good we alway remember the reason for this season...

Merry Christmas!!!

LG said...

Hellooooooooooo' anybodi home?????
i ve got sum hampers 4 u :)
*merry christmas dear

Believer said...

Merry Christmas..O lord, help me always keep you in focus in this season and ask not what can be done for me but what I can do for others in Jesus name. Amen.

doug said...

Amen and have a merry christmas!

~Mimi~ said...

JayCee before the new year!! you must reveal your lie other wise I am going to be the person responsible for the spamming that will occur on the post below!! you are warned!!

Remi, You JUST WATCH ME! lol

Plain jane said...

I cried because I am which you write of....

darkelcee said...

waoh, this makes a whole load of sense.

merry christmas dear

Jaycee said...

For everyone that has cried or been inspired by God, even here on the Lamp...God has you in mind this season...

Jaycee.

rethots said...

"And she sang......" and 'twas melodious, though not necessarily the sound but, its essence.

Uzezi said...

merry christmas to you.

it is very easy to forget that we could really change someone's situation with just a lil concern.

rethots said...

Merry Christmas

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Merry christmas Love...
And a Happy new year in advance, to Rise, Run and Reign in God's glory.

Much Love

Riri said...

I Love Yourr Blogg!!
Merry Xmas!!

Buttercup said...

hmm reality check alert..