From the Christmas play last weekend….
To the Christmas Eve candle light service…
And the party at Grandmom’s house afterwards,
From the night before Christmas prep…
…To the whirlwind of Christmas Day,
…It has certainly been a busy season!
But in the midst of all the busyness, I hope that we managed to keep our focus where it ought to be. As Annis went around today cupping her little hands to her mouth and exclaiming, “Jesus’ birthday!” to anyone who would listen, I hope that in her little heart and mind, the enormity of what we celebrate today is beginning to become clear:
The God who created the universe, who created us, left his throne to join us in this desperately hard life we live. He arrived in the humblest of circumstances in order to live the perfect life we could not, die in our place, and rise again proclaiming victory over sin and death.
Today, our kids may have been excited about new Legos and endless feasting and treats, but I pray that as they grow, they will become more and more excited about the One who was the ultimate gift to this world.
Merry Christmas to you and your family today, and may your new year be filled with many blessings from our good and faithful God!
PS I must boast about one of our favorite Christmas gifts this year: some beautiful family portraits by my dear friend Ruth Thomas, of which my new blog header is one of my favorites. If you are local and want some very reasonably priced family photos, please let me put you in touch with her!