If I were sixteen and planning out my life there are a few things I would do differently. Toward the top of the list is that I would not get married in December, and right below that I would not have babies near Christmas. During five weeks in December and January, our family celebrates three birthdays, two holidays, and one anniversary in a pear tree. It gets crazy.
For years now I have done away with holiday decorating and baking. I shop almost exclusively online, and I spread it out over the year. This year the first Christmas present was bought at an after-Valentine’s Day sale at Walgreen’s. I can’t wait to see my niece’s face when she opens up the gigantic hippo from us!
But even with these time savers, I still feel rushed at this time of year. There are parties and plays. There are special times for worship and for serving. There are still gifts to wrap and birthdays to plan. And in the midst of it all someone always gets sick.
It seems like the harder I try to calm things down, the more crazy and wild they get. So when I heard this song on the radio a few weeks ago, I sighed.
I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night
Merry Christmas to All! May your holidays, birthdays, and even anniversaries be merry and bright!!
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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:8-14