Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

Rush or Hush?

Our pastor wrote about the Christmas season—is it characterized by RUSH or by HUSH? 

This year is very different for me.  The house looks like Christmas.  The tree is up and decorated.  Candles and greenery and snowmen are in their normal places.  But many of the other “normal” things aren’t there.  No family here this year.  Our kids are all grown and halfway around the world with their own families.  My sister and brother-in-law with whom we usually spend Christmas are also in the US.  Even my husband has gone to the bedside of his dying father.

Our 36-year-old tree that used to be laden with gifts is rather bare.  The Tupperware containers that used to bulge with cookies and candies are mostly empty.  My calendar, which in former years had events scribbled on almost every December date, looks pretty pristine.  I don’t need those things. 

What I do look forward to this Christmas is more in the “hush” category—

–Listening to beautiful music celebrating the King’s birth, including Handel’s Messiah.

–Reading through the book of Isaiah, marking the myriad prophecies of my Savior’s birth, life, death, and future reign.

–Singing (and yes, eating, too) with dear friends.

–Sitting and gazing at the beauty of that old Christmas tree with its ornaments accumulated over the years, each with special memories.

–Giving thanks to God, rejoicing, praying.

I’m spending Christmas with Jesus this year, and that’s exciting!

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