Ladies- it’s Christmas week! How did it creep up on us so stealthily? It seems as though time goes by much more quickly the older you get! I keep trying to embrace these sweet new moments and Christmas memories we’re experiencing with our son. This is all going TOO FAST! In the midst of Christmas busyness, I am reminded today that Jesus Christ came that very first Christmas and demolished darkness. He saved this world. Read the beautiful words found in Micah 5:2-5:
“You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
are only a small village among all the people of Judah.
Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are form the distant past.
The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies
until the woman in labor gives birth.
Then at last his fellow countrymen
will return from exile to their own land.
And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
Then his people will live there undisturbed, for he will be highly honored around the world.
And he will be the source of peace.” Micah 5:2-5
Glory to God in the HIGHEST! The people will be abandoned to their enemies UNTIL the woman in labor gives birth. Did you hear that? All hope of humanity rests in that baby boy! We’re abandoned to the enemy UNTIL Mary gives birth! AT LAST He will lead his flock in majesty! He will be the source of PEACE.
Jesus may not have come on a mighty cloud in a gold laid chariot with trumpets blaring, angels singing and the whole shebang (much more like He deserved). He came in the humblest of ways. He came in the quiet darkness of the night to bring light to the hopeless, the restless, those bound by chains and broken. Those captured by darkness. We have a glorious reason to celebrate this Christmas! The holidays aren’t the same without some of those loved ones we’ve lost gathered around our tables. There may be empty chair and broken hearts, but one hope we have is that Christ came. The King is here! He is the source of PEACE. Don’t let this Christmas season go by without acknowledging our Savior.
Merry Christmas to you, our lovely sisters. I will wrap this up with some of the lyrics to my favorite Christmas song…close your eyes and sing this bit to yourself. Ponder that beautiful hope-filled silent night.
“Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.”