Saturday, January 3, 2009

all i wanted for christmas...















...it's amazing how having a child at christmas brings such a fresh new perspective to the holiday season. even though lucy didn't fully grasp everything that was going on (she was mainly focused on tearing paper and chewing on boxes) our entire family has enjoyed the past few weeks in a completely new way.

christmas is certainly always a special time for those of us who are Christ followers.  for me it has always been so precious and magical...it conjurs emotions in me that i don't feel any other time of year.  without fail i always find myself wiping away tears at our christmas eve service (of course my husband is never surprised by my tears any time of year : ).  this year i watched as some of my dearest friends stood before our church body and used their divine gifts of music and teaching to express to thousands of people the beauty of this season.  i was moved to tears because i know their hearts and i know that they love jesus and that when they stand up to lead us in worshipping him they do so with a heart that has been transformed by him.  there is something awe-inspiring about thousands of people standing together and collectively remembering and praising a king who came humbly as a baby in a feeding trough to save us all.  and perhaps the most powerful thing for me is the realization that even as thousands stand to worship him, his presence is with me individually...in a very personal way...just as it is with every other person who makes their heart his home.

so christmas was a magical time of remembrance again this year, but in a whole new way...and then 2009 came and gave us the opportunity for new beginnings...i always welcome those...

'...don't evaluate people by what they have or how they look.  We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know.  We certainly don't look at him that way anymore.  Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new.  The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!' - 2 Corinthians 5:16-18 (the message)