Monday, December 22, 2014

Celebrate the Light

It's been a very difficult for the past few months in our home. My husband has been traveling a ton, we've been busier than ever, our plumbing has decided to act out like something out of a Stephen King novel, we've had a death of a dearly beloved family member, among other things. It's been hard.

I would love to say that I clung to The Lord and acted as He would have wished. I have not. I have let the stress get to me. A few nights ago, I was getting ready for bed. Any mom out there knows that "getting ready for bed" is not as simple as brushing teeth and putting on PJs. It's packing a school lunch, feeding the dog, unloading the dishwasher, getting chicken out of the freezer for tomorrow's dinner, and on and on. I had been wrapping Christmas gifts, and I took a silent moment to panic over my ever-growing Christmas to-do list as I turned off the lights. That's when it hit me.

The Christmas lights were still twinkling and illuminating the would-be-dark family room. I saw the flashes of light flicker across the faces of my precious family hanging in the many framed photos we had around the room, and I was overcome with the presence of Jesus. I thought about my stress level, and it hit me again that the darkness of this world CANNOT be overcome by the light.

It may sound cheesy, but I started to weep. I thought about that star over Bethlehem, and I thought about the brokenness of this world, and I was overcome. The light is here. It is now. It is forevermore. Darkness cannot survive it. And just like the song says, that Holy Night does bring the thrill of hope as the weary world rejoices.

So on the busiest and darkest days of the year, I challenge you {and me} to SLOW down, and celebrate the light.

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