The time is drawing near. Kids are out of school. Many are on the road. Last gifts are being bought, wrapped, and placed under the tree. Lines at grocery stores are long.
I seek silence. “Still, still, still…” says the carol. Silence, stillness…when I can enter into silence, I am better able to picture in my mind and contemplate the silent night long ago when the baby was born and broke the silence! The carol says, “the little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.” I believe it was Luther who said, “He better have cried!” I think he meant that he better have been one of us in every way!
I wish for you some silence, some stillness. For some of you that will be easy. For others, not so. I pray that in the silence you draw near to the Christ who is born again and again, that he might be born in you once again.
We’ll celebrate this Holy Birth on Christmas Eve. Check the schedule…there are several varied opportunities to worship. And on Christmas morning, we’ll come together at one service at 11. We’ll sing the glorious carols…we’ll bow in awe before the Babe in the manger.
My prayer is that Christmas will be a time of joy for families, gathering, eating, giving, celebrating. My prayer for those without family this year, for those grieving or lonely, is an awareness that Christ is come…Emmanuel…God-with-us. “Love came down at Christmas.” Love is here to stay. We are not alone. Christ knows and understands…he was one of us in every way. That’s the Christmas message.
See you at the manger Christmas Eve & Christmas morning!