My two youngest sons wrestle Wednesday night, Thursday night and all day Friday. Then on Saturday I travel north to Cottonwood to speak at a women's Christmas lunch, and stay over night to speak to their church on Sunday. And God again miraculously showed up as I finished my second talk this past weekend.
In the midst of the busyness, I wanted to remind myself of things I love about Christmas. I want to treasure those moments that could slip past me in my focus to get everything done. You see, I've realized there really aren't that many really BIG moments ... but there are hundreds of small moments.
It's when I pause, even for a minute ... to notice ... to breathe in the beauty ... to wonder .... to hope ... that's when the magnificence appears. There are divine moments all around. I just need to stop long enough to see.
So, here are five, plus one, things I love about Christmas.
1. Watching my children make Christmas lists.
2. Seeing a Christmas stamp on a card-sized envelope and knowing someone thought about me.
3. Christmas lights on houses.
4. The smell of pine.
5. Hearing "A Strange Way to Save the World" ... and crying over the beauty of the gift we received.
The last thing I love about Christmas is the thoughts that enter my mind more at this month than any other. It's not a small thing at all, so it didn't really fit in with the other small things. But a thought always starts small. This one I let grow until it consumes me.
The ultimate humility and sacrifice
to come to earth as a baby
only to die
at our hands ...
... so we could live.
In His love,