My favorite is…

Whitney Houston singing “Do You Hear What I Hear.” Then, all the rest. :D Other top faves are “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “In the Bleak Midwinter” and Plácido Domingo singing “O Joyful Children“- do have a listen! Joe and I love this one, too, “All Year Long” sung by Larnelle Harris- definitely worth the listen and hearing the lyrics.

I hope you are enjoying the stillness and/or the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season- whatever mode you find yourself in; sometimes we wish we had the opposite of our circumstances; but, I encourage you (I’m encouraging myself!) to relax into it and just ‘be’ right where you are. Open up your heart to THE GIFT at Christmastime. God will see us through.

We strive…

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."   Luke 2:1-11 (KJV)
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:1-11 (KJV)

We strive,
cease from striving.
We run a crazed pace,
be still and know.
We say, “Happy Holidays,”
but it’s Christmastime.
We bury ourselves in activities and in the fray
nearly miss the day of reflection.
The day of adoration.
The day of worship and awe and thanksgiving.
The day of celebration!

JMR
December 19, 2014

“…for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (NASB)

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NASB)

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

Cease from striving…

What does that mean to you?

As we look to Christmas, I am finding unrest, distraction, busyness, frustration- everything the Enemy wants to keep us from expectantly looking to the birth of our Savior, Jesus.  At Christmastime we live to worship, to watch, to wait… to see- to re-see that night in the stall, that babe in the manger; we wait to hear the angels sing and we join them in celestial song, we join them singing praises and gratitude to and for our King, who is coming to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.  We live to celebrate at Christmastime!

So, why the unrest, distraction, busyness, frustration- from without, from within?  Many reasons, I suppose.  Regardless, I believe we must be challenged, are challenged to cease from our striving; I think, to notice.

What are you enjoying about Christmas so far this year?  Are you hearing anything new?  Is something given beyond your wildest imaginations?  If so, watch to see what He will do in the midst of it and through it… in you, for Him.  Perhaps and hopefully, you will receive the most blessed gift, beyond the wildest imaginations, the Savior, who is Christ, the Lord!  This would be the most amazing and blessed gift of all to receive.  He gives Himself to you, all you have to do is receive Him.  He wants us to turn from our striving and our sin to Him.  Have you ever heard the hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus?”  This is the blessing of Christmastime, Jesus and our eyes focused on Him.

Come worship the baby Jesus.  Remember the songs we used to sing?

Here is a song I wrote that I revisit each Christmas and often during the year. I hope the song speaks to you.

Reflections and Revisitations

Reflections

 

The fall is nearly behind us now.  Winter slides on like a glove.

The rain turns to snowflakes becoming form on the ground, wind whispers away, form flies
off like a dove…

Adornments fallen from trees outside
barren and
lost is our gaze.
Refocus we inward to the branches manger made
Christ child lain
recalling carols, imagine time’s echoing sounds
the crèche softly standing no ornaments at all, well placed before Him treasures small
but fit for a King, who not regal at all
simply stated
we come as a child.

 

JMR
December 7, 2014

 

 

As more snow falls…

as more snow falls

and perhaps winds blow, I wish you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving!  How will you celebrate?  For what will you give thanks?  Any special food on the table?  A signature recipe or family tradition?

Perhaps you will be alone this year; but with Christ, you are never alone.  Have a most blessed day.