Sunday, December 7, 2014

Do you Believe

The Christmas season is here. I had expectations for how this advent time would look and already, it's gone differently than I planned. I love creating a home and family time that reflects Christmas. My children find so much magic in the decorations that I put around the house and I think it's important to make this time different, special. It's a time to slow down and remember, to dwell on, to consider our Saviors birth. I was too focused on the details though and I was letting circumstances, out of my control, to weigh me down. I was creating a home full of tension and stress, the opposite of what I wanted. 

Thankfully, God in his kindness broke me and showed me what he looks at, what will make the biggest impression on my children, my heart, my attitude as I'm faced with the hard and inconvenient circumstances of life. 

I've started reading, "Come Thou Long Awaited Jesus" it's my favorite book to read during this time and I highly recommend it. It's helped focus my heart on God's glory and all that Jesus did in coming to be born. I'm seeing again, how Christ sets the example for us in all ways. This was in my reading yesterday. It really got me thinking about how I want to protect myself and put walls up, but how that is the opposite way of Christ's love.

"Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable." 
C.S. Lewis

"Christmas tells us that God became breakable and fragile. God became someone we could hurt. Why? To get us back."
Tim Keller

Then I read this and it got me thinking a lot about our belief in Christmas. I heard a little girl the other day say she doesn't believe in Santa and the adult she told acted so sad and said that took away the magic of Christmas. But isn't the magic of Christmas in the miracle of God becoming man? Isn't that more powerful than any imaginary character?

"If you believe in Christmas, that God became a human being...the gift of Christmas gives you a resource, a comfort and consolation for dealing with suffering, because in it we see God's willingness to enter this world of suffering to suffer with us and for us."
Tim Keller

1 comment:

Katherine said...

I especially love the first quote (Lewis). It sums up sacrificial, unconditional love so well. To love another human means we absolutely will be hurt and disappointed, possibly even left broken hearted. To love is to choose vulnerability, and yet in that vulnerability we find joy and purpose in life.

More importantly, to love is to be Christ-like.

What beautiful snow you have! Love to you...

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