"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain."
~Psalm 127:1

December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

   "The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
   Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 
“Glory to God in highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
   When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
   They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often." -Luke 2: 11-19

Christmas has come finally!  

But now that it's almost over, wait, don't rush to the next thing.  Life isn't in the rush and the commotion.  Life is in the small, life-giving things, like the Baby we celebrate on this day.  In the bustle and fast forward speed of life, it is easy to forget the truly important, small and beautiful gifts that God gives us every day.

I feel like I'm back at the beginning of this Advent.  Taking slow breaths.  Taking time, waiting.  Maybe every day should be like this Advent.  A reminder that God is with us.  God is for us.  And God always comes for us.  In our lowest moments, He comes to us and offers us the greatest gift.  Himself.

Every day He is coming.  Every day is advent.

Sunset from this beautiful Christmas evening

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