Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mind on the Manger

As Christmas Day quickly approaches, I am amazed at not only how fast 2012 has zipped by, but also how this month is moving at a rapid pace. I've mentioned before that I love the month of December---primarily because that's when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. I also enjoy the crisp, chilly air, the colorful lights, and the beautiful Christmas music. ~ Sadly, this December has had a huge tragedy with the horrible shootings in Connecticut. Bad news abounds if I turn on my television or radio. But this morning as I looked out at the gorgeous sunshine streaming across my backyard, and glanced up at the beautiful blue sky, I am reminded of WHO is always in control. Yes, it's terrible when we hear bad news (especially involving innocent children). It's heart-breaking even when you don't personally know the people affected. So I have prayed (and continue to pray) for all those directly affected by tragedies, and then turn my mind to the manger. To that precious Baby born so many, many years ago....Who was sent by God to save the world. There have always been terrible events happening in the world and my heart goes out to anyone who experiences tragedy.  What can I do, and what should I do? I pray, and then must turn my focus to my Savior. And as we celebrate His birth this month, may I keep my mind on the manger and that Holy Babe, and on giving Him the honor and service He deserves. ~ ~ And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.  Luke 2:16

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Delightful December

December is such a delightful month! Sadly, many folks might argue that statement--insisting that the month is too hectic, too commercialized, etc.etc. ~ But because December is the month when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, it should be a time of great joy and celebration! Now I'll admit when my children were younger there were quite a few Decembers when I felt frazzled and exhausted--yet I still loved Christmas AND the month of December. There just wasn't enough time in the month for me to accomplish everything AND focus on The Reason for the Season. But now that my children are older (*sigh*) and my life isn't nearly as busy as it used to be, I can really focus more on the TRUE meaning of Christmas. And when I really stop and think about that most wondrous event of Jesus being born so many years ago, it is such an amazing thought! A little baby born in such a lowly setting would be the GREATEST person who ever walked the earth. And just as amazing is the fact that HE lives today!!! ~ ~ May we all take delight in that thought--not only in December, but all year long. ~ ~ For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.   Luke 2:11