Despite the sorrow and grief you’re carrying, there is reason for hope and even joy this Christmas. Joy not as the happy-paste-on-a-smile type, but joy as what anchors your soul amidst the storms of life. Joy that tells you it will not always be so hard, and that there is a shore to which we are sailing. Sometimes it’s discovered in the small grace-glimpses. Like a retelling of the Christmas story by my 4-year-old daughter, Lucia. And so this becomes her first featured post – and a gift to each of you, that you may pause for a moment and savor the Savior whose birth is making all things new. (And oh, how we need that in a broken world of grief-weary hearts!)
Mary and Joseph walked to Bethlehem ‘cuz there were no cars or busses in their time. They were tired! They wanted a bed to sleep in. They went to the inn. “We want to have a bed”. The innkeeper said there was no room. He said they could sleep in the barn. That night Baby Jesus was born. The shepherds got scared ‘cuz the angels came. “Don’t be afraid ‘cuz Baby Jesus is born in Bethlehem! Go to the stable to find him”. They ran to the stable. They went in quietly, ‘cuz Jesus was sleeping in Bethlehem.
Other Christmas posts worth perusing:
- From my dear friend Heidi as she reflects on returning from a trip to India serving women rescued from the sex trade – “The Coming: What It Means To A Slave of Fear“
- From a favorite blogger, Emily Freeman, on rest – “The One Thing My Soul is Begging To Do“
- Christmas playlists, by Tsh at “the art of simple.” Awesome. – “Fantastic Christmas Music“
So I’ll end by saying – Merry Christmas, y’all! And to all a good night …