Come, my friends. I invite you to spend one night this December in stillness, in silence and in reflection.
Christmas is the busiest season of the year. It blows in and runs out with such speed and abandon that if we don’t slow down and breathe it in, we’ll miss it.
We get caught up in the frantic and the busy. In the schedules and the agendas. We forget to stop and just reflect on the season with a moment of gratitude and stillness.
Every Christmas, I purposefully spend one night in December by myself. Alone.
I turn off all the lights in the living room, turn on the lights on the Christmas tree, pull out my guitar and sing Christmas carols by myself. In just the glow of the Christmas tree lights, I spend my evening. It’s a small way of showing gratitude. It’s a small way to spend a moment in reflection and just be still.
Then I put my guitar away and just sit in silence, staring at all those Christmas lights. I spend some time remembering and reflecting and praying, too.
With just the lights on the Christmas tree, blinking and shining so brightly, I take a moment and breathe in the Christmas season. I have done this since I was a kid. I continue to do this every year still.
In the hustle and bustle, the gift-buying and the gift-wrapping, the decorating and the cookie-baking, the gift- mailing and the gift -receiving, may you, too, take a few moments one night this December to stop and breathe in this Christmas season. God’s Greatest Gift is about to be given, receive it openly and joyfully for it was given with you in mind.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given.” (Isaiah 9:6)
I encourage you to spend an evening in silence, accepting and welcoming God’s incredible gift.
Merry Christmas, my friends.