An attempt to declare the Glory of God for what He has chosen to do with our lives. A legacy to leave to my children in the telling of it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

  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 of great joy that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to
Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:8-20

The hush of this snowy morning is welcomed as I contemplate the festivities to come in the next few days: a home that will be filled with love, food, presents and an overflow of special guests. Not guests so much as extensions of our family, those special souls that we claim as our own, pray for as our own. I look forward to the couch becoming a week-long bed, lazy days with nothing more pressing than loving each other, the living room ringing with laughter, and the kitchen bursting with goodies.

There were no pageants or plays this year, no big get-togethers. Such an odd holiday that has broken so many decade long traditions. Even the tree has new ornaments. A fake tree, much to the resistance of certain family members, rather than the Charlie Brown variety from the back forty. The presents, the few that there are in lieu of giving more than getting, have actually been wrapped for over a week rather than the normal rush of tape and tags on Christmas Eve. 

I can't say that I miss the hoopla. I am instead savoring the quiet. The peace, I'm still waiting for it. The pain, always there. Especially now as the world insists that this is the happiest time of the year. We are listening to our bodies and telling ourselves that hibernation is okay. The Spring will come again, and we best be rested and ready for the work God has for us in it.

I hope you find some quiet, too, this busy season. Sit a bit longer with your coffee. Go ahead and eat that extra piece of cake. Hug your loved one like there's no tomorrow. Close your eyes and get lost in their embrace. Leave the expectations at the door. Savor the Savior. Jesus is the reason for the season, after all. Take some time to find the baby who came to us in a manger, humble and meek, the one who is coming soon in all His glory.

Have a  Merry Christmas, Friends!


Sherry Sutherby said...

So good to see this post. I, too, am savoring the Savior. Merry Christmas to the Dairy State!

OurCrazyFarm said...

Merry Christmas, Sherry! My good intentions of mailing Christmas cards this year has fallen by the wayside, but know that you are never far from my thoughts.

Annie said...

So good to see a post from you Auntie! I have been thinking about you all so much. Even more often than every single time I walk out on the porch and see the puppygirls all curled up together! Praying for a joyous Christmas for you all. And for you to be able to bear up under the inevitable pain. Love you tons.

Lemonade Farm said...

Merry Christmas Terri! I too, have failed in sending out cards this year. But know that I have been thinking about you and your family and praying that the Lord would bless you and fill you up. Been checking your blog - so happy to see this post this morning. Email me when you have the chance. With love, your San Diego sister :o)

Camille said...

I caved in to the fake tree years ago...there are definitely pros and cons to the whole thing. Thank you for your kindness to me my friend...the Lord is so very good! Praying for you and yours this day. Happy New Year! Hugs, Camille

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Happy New Year Terri! We too did Christmas differently as our older children hosted so less activity HERE and more THERE. It is both odd and comforting to have them provide for us. Blessings by the bucketful. Post one day in more detail about your new place if you feel like it. Would love to see pics of the new simpler "homestead" I know it will be inspire me. You always do.

Dicky Bird said...

We had a simple Christmas as well, seemed weird not to have a bunch of presents. No greater gift than spending time with the ones you love. I too had Christmas card problems - I sent some out, however they were returned - I forgot to put addresses on some of them. I don't know who got one and who didn't I'm getting