Saturday, December 4, 2010

All Is Calm

This is what the spot where my green chair sits looked like at 6:30 this morning...

I love when our home is decorated for Christmas.  It's a big job and we spent much of this week trimming the trees and decking the halls, but the end result is always so worth it as the lyrics from Silent Night often come to mind this time of year when we are home...

All is calm.  All is bright.

When the house is sparkly and lit it just beckons us to try to stay at home a little more to do things like make peppermint hot cocoa and watch White Christmas for the 110th time...

Or snuggle and tell secrets by the Christmas tree...

It's a time to reflect on how generous God is, that He would send His son Jesus to be born in a manger - quietly, lowly, humbly - to be born with a life's purpose to ultimately die, then rise again, so that we could have life.  It's a time to give presents to others out of a generosity which reflects that of our Savior.

It's a time for little children to hear the bells of Christmas ring, to anticipate the gifts Santa will leave under their tree, and to still believe in a little wonder and magic before the blissful innocence of childhood begins to fade away.

It's a time to stop and ponder the wonder of the Christ child, the magic of sleigh bells, the blessings of a warm and cozy home.  It's a season to take the time to stop by a nursing home or retirement center to simply be there and love, to stretch a tight budget even further help a family in need, to give that little extra to your church, to let your children drop some money in a red bucket outside of the grocery store to help "the kids with no toys," and to hold your children a little closer and tighter at night by the tree and pray over them a little more fervently.

It's a time to keep your focus on Jesus, the reason for this season, so that no matter what the circumstances of your life may be, your heart can quietly sing these words...

All is calm.  All is bright.

Lovingly, Jennifer

Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill towards men!"

Luke 2:10-14

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