Some of my favorite Christmas memories include cookie baking days, candlelight services, and lots of fun with family; all things I hope to share with my daughter as she grows. I’ll admit, with each holiday and the excitement of making new memories with our daughter, I can’t help but wish those empty seats at the table were still filled with the love and laughter of those we remember. How I wish they could be part of these new memories. But what hope I have for a joyous reunion someday.
Along with “big traditions”, this year I’ve also found myself thinking about daily rhythms and rituals. There is so much beauty in the ordinary, the quiet spaces (or not so quiet if you’ve got a toddler or more running around the house, but you get the idea). It’s especially easy this time of year to get swept up in the hustle and bustle. Let’s celebrate, in ways that feel and reflect Jesus is Lord, in our everyday rituals and rhythms. Let’s celebrate together, the extraordinary gift of God’s love, through Jesus, a Messiah, a baby sent to save us all.
The beauty of the Christmas season is that God didn’t come to us with a big, fancy entrance into the world for all the perfect people. God came to us in the form of a vulnerable baby. God with us, Immanuel, is our celebration! Through all of the messiness and imperfections that come with being human, joy and sorrow, God is with us.
Whatever the Christmas season holds for you and yours, may you experience comfort and joy, as we celebrate, each and everyday, the greatest gift to the world.
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