Short and sweet this week as I want to devote the time to my family.
Here’s said family:
This year has been one of the better Christmases to date. The one thing that the Lord impressed on me this year to focus on is my delightful 10-year-old, Jonathan. It struck me hard that this year, he is on the cusp of little boy and pre-teen. He cracks me up with his daily gift updates and who’s “winning” in the present count. I still catch him shaking boxes and trying to guess what is in them. (He’s already guessed mine.)
So this year, after praying about how to make the most of the season, the Lord directed me to make the most of my opportunities with my youngest. I didn’t do a lot differently, but I have been praying for ways to enjoy him right where he’s at this season, though I must admit he’s hard to keep up with! For him, that’s hearing my childhood Christmas stories, learning to go beyond figuring out what he’s going to get and figuring a way out to give, and digging in a bit to the finer points of the Christmas story he has heard so often.
I know that next year, he’ll be in a different place. So will I. After having two older children, I am very aware of how fleeting these moments are so I want to savor them. My prayer is not so much for the trappings of Christmas, but the joy of the season. I want so much for him to know the joy of Christ—and that begins with my own heart towards it.
And that is my prayer for you too—that you will also remember that everything we do at Christmas is a foretaste of the greater Celebration to come.
A remembering of the first coming as we long for the second.
Beautiful decorations to remind us of the home He is preparing for us.
A feast to celebrate the banquet awaiting us.
Music to prepare us for the worship to come.
Thoughtful gifts that bring delight and joy to the receiver to remind us that Christ is our greatest Present of all.
May the beauty of this season speak to your heart this year. Thank you so much for visiting. God bless you.