It’s Christmas Eve, can you believe it. The presents are almost done, the house is not looking ready, the nativity rehearsal has been done and I still have lots to do but I’m ready. Ready for the real reason we celebrate. I do get caught up in all of the Christmas hype except for Sundays in Advent, quiet time with my bible and the book I’m reading at the moment, in prayer and those last few days before Christmas when I remind myself of why we celebrate. And I’m not a mormon but I love this video (and my mormon friends!)
And this year having a little baby at Christmas time is so beautiful. I can look at my own baby and think of the original Christmas story. Jesus came to the world as a real person and from humble beginnings so that we could relate to him. And isn’t it funny how something just reaches out to you that you somehow had missed. I’m going to share it with you.
‘When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.’
Luke 2: 15-20
How had I missed that? ‘But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart’. Just like a mother would. Of course she did. Just as I do when I’m sitting and watching my 6 or holding my baby. So my Christmas wish for you is to treasure up all the things…..your beautiful children and family…… ponder them in your heart and see the things that you have in your life that are so good and important.
And a special message for those who are lonely, sick, troubled, going through a difficult time or who miss someone they love this Christmas. You are loved. I know that life is hard right now and it all might look perfect in other people’s lives but my wish for you is hope. Don’t give up hope. Treasure the memories of happier times and know that things will get better.
And that’s it from me. I wish you a happy and holy Christmas, a special time with family and loved ones and peace in your heart and lives. And if you’re a mum a break from the dishes and your feet up for a rest after lunch.