This Christmas has been a memorable season and I don’t want it to end. I found myself trying to squeeze every last drop of all that is Christmas this year. Sacred things like the manger, family time, holy nights of Advent, our adornments tree, special readings, church, friends, nativity scenes, lights, the Christmas story, the gift of giving and other holy things. I just want it all to last longer this year.
I cannot tell you why except that a few women have opened my eyes to see things from a different perspective this christmas season. Ann Voskamp with her book Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, Sarah Young with Jesus Calling devotion books, my friend Cassandra with her guest blog post about the Manger, and The Nesting Place, a book about our homes. These and a few other readings have given me a different perspective that I wish to carry with me throughout the year.
The Christmas spirit doesn’t have to end on the 26th, it can carry on all year-long. I want more this year. I want to take it to a different level of depth this year. Can Christmas melt into my heart this year? Can I keep these perspectives with me as the winter’s nights turn into late summer evenings? I want to remember the manger on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I want the images of the nativity scene to burn in my soul. Can every night be O’ Holy Night? Tell me true. I want to remember to worship the son of man who was born of a virgin.
I will do my best to ponder these things in my heart and hold them close. Will you join me?