The first leg…
I hear the life-changing Christmas story once again and celebrate the birth of this tiny baby boy who would become my Peace. My Joy.
It is true – Perfect Love came down at Christmas time.
This is what Christmas is about for me.
Then there is the second leg of the stool…
The fun and excitement of the gift giving.
Spending time with friends and family. The laughter.
The music. The shopping.
The Hallmark Christmas stories that can both touch my heart and cause me to say, “That doesn’t really happen in real life.” (Smile)
And then the third leg…
The tinge of – or overwhelming presence of – sadness.
Missing those who aren’t here to celebrate with us.
Thinking about the year that is passing.
Dreams that didn’t come true…wishes and prayers that are still out there.
It seems a bit…much.
Yet, it makes sense.
This is life in December.
So what is creating this little disquieting in my spirit as I move through these festive and holiday moments?
I haven’t taken the time to just sit and consider…
The birth of Christ and what that means to me…
The amazing love of friends and family and what that means to me…
The sadness that comes from missing those not with us and what that means to me.
I haven’t taken the time to let all the emotions, celebrations, questions, and blues just settle.
I haven’t been still.
So I’ve decided I need that 3-legged stool to just hold me up for some moments.
Let the wonder and spirit of this month hold me up as I…
Pause. Feel. Consider. Believe.
The birth of this little baby Jesus is the most important focus this month.
And the rest of life follows along.
Maybe you want to join me…
As we sit and let the wonderment of this month fill our spirits and bring us to a new place.
“Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in thee.”