I partially feel that I’m experiencing Christmas in a new way this year.
In the light of grace.
Though I have worked my self into a tizzy over wrapping gifts in a fancy, creative way & getting the gift for my sister-in-law that I know she’ll love & the book for my nephew that I imagine him belly laughing at as his mom reads it to him.
I’ve had little time in the last week (plus) to just sit. To just be. I’m reminded of this post by my dear friend Mandie.
If I allow all the hustle and the dry fingers from wrapping paper and the cookie dough that I forgot to put baking soda in — if I allow all of this to take my focus, I’m going to miss out.
Not only on the blessed celebration we’re experiencing, but on quiet moments on the couch with a cup of tea. Of smiles from Shawn and his I’m so proud of yous and thank yous.
So, I’m encouraging you to take a half hour (preferably longer) and just be. Grab a cup of tea or coffee or cocoa piled high with marshmallows or whipped cream. Watch your child as the play in the wonderment that is Christmas. Grab your spouse & kiss some place other than under the mistletoe.
Here’s a couple songs from a band (Future of Forestry) we hope to wake up in time to go see Sunday morning. This first song I first heard last year and it’s one of those that reaches to my depths. The second, is O’ Holy Night. Last year this song hit me in a way it never has. They lyrics tell not only of Christ’s birth, but the freedom from slavery we are in before we come to Him.
The Earth Stood Still
O’ Holy Night