“When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.” – Luke 2:15-17 (ESV)
This year is the first year, in close to 20 years, that I put up a Christmas tree in our home. It took me 5 minutes to assemble and put in place. You see, it is not your normal (traditional) Christmas tree. I purchased a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. No, I am not the Grinch; really I am not. I love Christmas. There are a couple reason why we don’t have a traditional tree in our house. 1. we don’t have much room to put up a large tree and 2. our son is all grown up and lives his own life.
When I was a child, we always had the most beautiful Christmas trees put up. They were always real trees. The first years were cut trees, and later on, my dad always made sure that the trees could be planted again. I really have beautiful memories about having a traditional tree that was up from Christmas Eve until January 6th…
This year has not been one of the most enjoyable years this side of heaven. As you may recall, my beloved was close to death at the beginning of the year. At work, I have been more or less on survival mode. Some days I wasn’t even sure if I was coming or going. This year I have missed my mom even more than the years before. I have talked to my sister more often though, but I am concerned about her health. The bad part is that I can’t just hop on a plane to be with her; spending time together.
Maybe all this hectic made me realize that I need to slow down, and even putting up a “Christmas tree”. I will spend less time online, and more in His Word. My 21-day devotional “Come Let Us Adore Him” arrived yesterday, and I will be focusing more on Him who saved my life. I want to rest in His Peace, and mute the hustle and bustle around me. How about you? What are your plans for this Christmas season?
Lord of Heaven and Earth. Help me to stay focused on You this season. May I find peace and comfort in your Word. I am trusting in Your mercy. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
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