Christmas has just passed. Ours was more of a….quiet celebration. Nevertheless there was much activity beforehand, and baking, caroling, and sharing the joy of Christmas with neighbors. During this season we experienced trials and happiness, fervent prayer and refreshing answers to our prayer, worry and rejoice-ful singing…
Throughout it all God reminded my family and I that Christmas is not about all the hustle and bustle, not about pampering and gifts, or all the trivial little trimmings that come along with the celebration.
The first Christmas was a time of pain…hardship…exhaustion…and scarcity. I was also reminded about all the believers and missionaries around the world who go through difficult times and probably don’t experience the peace we have here in America.
Yet we rejoice because of the gift sent down to us from heaven as Luke 2:8-14 says:
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Now come get glimpses of our Christmas journey ~
Cheery Christmas lights and a deal on the best apples (Johnathan)
Christmas Eve caroling at WalMart (and all throughout December)
Visiting friends’ houses and caroling for them
Baking cinnamon rolls to give to our neighbors
Sending Christmas cards
Hanging up Christmas lights
Caroling for our neighbors