09 December 2011

Getting Ready for the Christ Child

“Light shines on the godly,
and joy on those whose hearts are right.”
- Psalm 97:11 (NLT)

I read the following question in a Christmas devotion just this week, “Has preparing for whatever you're doing with family and friends on Christmas, replaced time spent getting ready for the Christ child?”

It sure got me to thinking!

“How many more days?   Can’t this line move any faster?   Are we almost there yet?”

Rush ... rush ... rush...

Today everyone is in a hurry ... “immediately” is a term used way too often. With such long “to-do” lists, places to go and things to get done, the more we hurry - the quicker Advent is swallowed up.

What’s the worst that could happen if we just slow down for a few minutes, and enjoy some Christmas Peace?

I find my “Christmas Peace” at night with the lights dim, a candle burning, and Christmas music playing softly in the background.

I always love the sounds of the season! It could be listening to Handel’s Messiah (and reminiscing about Christmas’ past), being in the moment of Christmas present and singing along with a beautiful contemporary Christmas song such as Emmanuel by Laura Story , or taking in each perfect detail about the very first Christmas (while listening to O’Holy Night).

“Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10).

If we don’t find time to seek a bit of quiet each day, and listen to God in the peacefulness of the Christmas season, how can we possibly think we will find Him in the busy-ness and excitement of Christmas morning?

It’s Friday, Let’s “Sparkle” ... action required ... Is your church having a Christmas cantata, a special children’s program, or some other musical event? Why not invite some neighbors, co-workers, or friends to join you in experiencing the sights, sounds, and peace of this Christmas season.
Praying that you take time today to find some Christmas Peace!
Chillin’ in His Grace, Donna Weaver

"Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime."
- Charles Dickens

Listen to Emmanuel by Laura Story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyJeqeTG1PU

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