Shining Moments

Christmas,

the true spirit of Christmas

is exquisitely beautiful–like a crystal goblet

reminding us that there is more to it than what we see.

Yes, there’s more than what our hands can touch.

Beyond all of this in the here and now

there’s the wonder of God reaching down to man.

Wrapped in swaddling clothes

lying in a manger

come to save us from our sins

giving us hope and life and peace.

My heart yearns to discover more

to move out into the depths of His Love

and to see

and experience

the heart of Christmas.

Sometimes this calls me to step off the beaten path

to do something different.

A children’s concert

Ringing the Salvation Army bell

Serving meals to the homeless on Christmas Day

Or

many other experiences.

Always being led from within

yes, the Light Within,

to see Christmas with an open  heart.

There is more to Christmas than all the hustle and bustle around us.

Our hearts tell us so.

But we must follow the star in our own way

in order to discover Him.

Many will go through Christmas as spectators

busy with lots of activity

but

maybe this year you will decide to enter into Christmas

at a deeper level

and let Christmas come to you.

There are still enough days left.

Don’t miss it.

Choose to take time

to quietly contemplate the real

intentionally stepping away from the artificial.

Every day is filled with rich possibilities.

Keep your heart open

always remembering

that more often than not

Christmas will be found

at a most unlikely place

off the beaten path.

One year I experienced the heart of Christmas

with an elderly woman

who had little in earthly belongings.

She was homebound that Christmas.

It’s a memory that shines with brightness

and I’ll share it with you

tomorrow.

 

 

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