Saturday, December 23, 2006

This Christmas . . .

Lord as I seek to keep in mind "God With Us" throughout this holy season, help me remember:

When I'm jostled by the crowds who seem so unaware of what we're really celebrating . . . that the crowds which must have rubbed shoulders with Mary and Joseph as they travelled to Bethlehem were no less aware that their King was about to come.

As I partake of gift giving with my family and friends . . . how Mary must have felt when presented with myrrh, a foreshadowing of your death.

As I sing the oh-so familiar songs heralding your birth . . . bring to mind the angels who announced your arrival from the heavens.

As I greet friends and relatives during the holidays . . . remind me of the shepherds who came to welcome you with joy on that holy night.

As I think about travelling on Christmas day just 50 miles round trip in a warm car to cozy homes . . . remind me of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, a long and difficult one but filled with promise.

As I make my last minute preparations, focus my mind on those preparations you made from the foundation of the world to redeem mankind and make possible my relationship with you.

Mostly help me remember, as I look for the meaning that the world tries to obscure, that Christmas is more than just another day off work or appointed time for family gathering - it's a holy day, set apart to celebrate your coming to be with us. God With Us - the greatest gift.

5 comments:

Katrina said...

Great post, Dianne. I, too, want to keep my focus on Him and His story throughout this Christmas.

magikero said...

well it's the real spirit of christmas. This was a nice realizing read. Merry Christmas!

Susanne said...

Amen! Merry Chirstmas Dianne!

Debra said...

Dianne-thank-you so much for your Christmas wish over at my blog! I always appreciate hearing from you and I do wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year. Your blog always gives me something to think about each time I drop by--thanks for that! Blessings, Debra

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wonderful post :) I hope you and yours had a very joyous and blessed holiday!