I’m writing this blog post listening to my daughter’s dress rehearsal for our church Christmas concert. It’s a busy Saturday in the midst of a busy week of concerts and parties. There doesn’t seem to be anything silent about Christmas right now. Do you feel that way too? Do you wish for some more time to just soak up the season?
And yet – on Thursday I got to read the Christmas story at our English Corner Christmas party. For some, it was the first time they’d heard it (they had just learned words like manger and shepherd and wiseman the week before). Can you remember the first time you heard the Christmas story? It’s a bit of a strange story, really. A king born in a stable? Visitors from the east (China, maybe?) who followed a star? Sheep-keepers who heard a strange message that compelled them to leave the fields and go check it out. A God who loved us so much that He came – came in the midst of the busy-ness of a census to a town that was full up and didn’t have room for Him.
A couple weeks ago, we started talking about Christmas in our Sunday School class. I told my grade 4s that I’d read them a version of the Christmas story that they might not have heard before. I read them the first few verses of John. No shepherds, no wiseman – just the Word with God. “The Word gave light to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
I’m hoping next weekend will be a bit quieter. The Christmas cards will all be sent out, the parties will all be done. But the light will still be shining in the darkness. I want to bask in that light this Christmas. You too?