30 November, 2004

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12


I know it’s late – but HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I hope you all had a wonderful, restful week.
I found this verse timely considering the season we are in. I, for one, can testify that I am more than ready to be done for the semester. It seems as though the three weeks that remain are three too many… As I look around and see the snow, hear the Christmas music (there is some playing in the office right now) and start to ponder what to get the people I hold dear – it becomes very easy for me to forget the real meaning to this time. I love Christmas, it brings such tranquility with it, such joy, and yet it is so busy that it’s hard to find a moment to stand and reflect. We get so caught up in celebrating the holiday we forget to remember the holiday.
I was reminded of that during dinner on Saturday. My family and I went to a dinner theather thing and they were doing a Christmas program. They started to sing "Silent Night" and that songs always gets me. There is so much going on right now - some good, some bad, some painful - but through it all God is there. "All is calm - all is bright". No matter how things appear to me He is there, in control and ready to help. It's a calming realization and one I am thankful for.
Take time to ready Matthew or Luke today, I guarantee it'll change your day.

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