Deep within the earth
Stretching, reaching, upwards rise.
Break forth, emerge, bloom.
“Why should I long for what I know
Can never be revealed to me?
I only pray that I may grow
As sure and bravely as a tree.”
A trees roots grow deep beneath the earth, standing strong and stately during even the harshest winters. It does not toil or worry for spring, but quietly rests with full assurance that once again the buds will pop, flowers will bloom and greener days are around the corner. There is beauty in the stillness. May we find the courage to see the beauty in all seasons of life!
Tis’ the season!!
Right now we’re in the thick of the all the Christmas festivities that come with the preparation for the big day. I personally love all the music, cards, lights, homemade treats and fun times together. It’s a great way to get ready for the ultimate celebration on December 25: the birth of the Savior.
The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! Luke 2:11 (NLT)
I marvel a fresh at the way in which our Lord came down to earth to save His own which were lost. He did not come in pomp or glory, but rather He chose a stable, a manger for His bed and most likely hay on which to rest His head.
Can you imagine the hearts of the shepherds on that first Christmas day? After years of oppression and discouragement to receive such news that the Savior had finally arrived?! My heart can’t even begin to fathom what they felt.
Wise men traveled far and wide to give gifts to Jesus Christ; angels warned His parents to keep Him safe; a prophetess and priest met with Mary and Joseph to confirm what Mary already knew in her heart to be true. All these signs and wonders must have been astounding for the people living over 2,000 years ago.
Today these signs and wonders still ring true. Our hearts are still filled with the awe-struck wonder of the shepherds. So when all the festivities begin to feel a bit overwhelming, or the Christmas cards to be sent start to pile up, or your Christmas shopping list seems to grow longer and the crowds get bigger, remember this one thing:
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12