Candy blogs: “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
I have so been enjoying this Christmas season. Have you? I really believe it’s because, as a friend said recently, I have purposefully built margin into my December. There is so much to do in December … all good. But if the activity doesn’t leave you time for pondering the season, have you really experienced it? Or have you just done a lot of good things?
To ponder means to consider something deeply and thoroughly; to meditate. This is tough in our culture, isn’t it? My first pondering of the season is the morning after I decorate the Christmas tree. I get up early, turn it on in the dark house and just sit and ponder … me and the tree and the Lord. And the Christmas spirit miraculously descends upon me! In the quietness and the magical light of the Christmas tree, my mind is freed to let the thoughts come forward and into the Light.
It’s important to have a place to ponder. Is it by the fire, at the dining room table with a cup of coffee, in your bedroom before you turn off the lamp at night, in your car with no radio or CD playing, folding laundry, on the treadmill? Wherever it is, I encourage you to spend some time there, especially in December. Dennis Rainey says, ‘We’re always puttering and planning and doing and moving from one place to the next but never stopping . . . and listening . . . and recharging . . . and pondering.”
December is the time we reflect on and celebrate the birth of our dear Savior. Simply performing familiar rituals and traditions and singing Christmas carols and giving to the needy won’t take us all the way there. Our spirit must make a connection with His spirit. “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:16 When we take the time to allow that to happen, God floods in and we can bask in a fresh awareness of what He did for us when He came to Bethlehem. Our perspective changes. We remember what is truly important and of eternal value.
Enjoy the fun, familiar things of an American Christmas season! But build in some margin and spend some of that margin pondering the glorious coming of Jesus Christ to earth so we can be called children of God.
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