‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas, and all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…
My family is still sleeping this morning. I wish I was…but my internal clock woke me up again in the early morning hours. Our house is so quiet. The only thing I hear is a train whistle off in the distance, which sounds beautiful to me.
I’m enjoying my coffee as I sit here under a blanket in our recliner watching the snow fall. It sure is pretty. It looks like it’s going to be a white Christmas.
I wish I could say I was completely ready for Christmas to be here. But my list shows I’m not. What doesn’t get done though, doesn’t get done. In years past I have stressed about getting everything finished and perfect and done early. I’ve learned to take some of the pressure off myself and to just enjoy this season. That’s what I plan to do today. We’ll do the finishing touches on getting our home ready for company tomorrow night, and maybe I’ll do a little baking this afternoon. I truly believe God is giving me the peace I’ve asked for. He knows I need that after the last couple of months! I hope you’re not allowing stress to take over this season, but that you’re intentional on enjoying what Christmas is truly all about.
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” -Luke 2:8-11
What great news that is! We’ve gotten so far from this great news at Christmastime. We have allowed the spiritual meaning of Christmas to be trampled on by what the world believes Christmas to be. Or should I say the “holidays,” to be politically correct?!?! No thank you. I’ll continue to wish people a “merry Christmas.” It’s sad and disheartening to me. I do have to say, however, that I was so blessed to hear at Zach’s choir concert the other night true Christmas songs…about Jesus, about His birth, and about Him being the Savior of the world. That was encouraging and refreshing. Thank you to the school and to the choir instructors!
Okay, I didn’t intend to go off on that tangent. 🙂 As we prepare for Christmas in the next couple of days, I encourage you to take time to marvel at the beauty of Christmas…not the gifts, tinsel or lights…but the Savior of the world. 🙂
Merry Christmas, my friends! Merry Christmas!
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