I drove to work today while the rest of my little family was snug in their beds. I’ve got no idea what they had visions of … I’m guessing Skittles and paper given current trends!
I was cruising (at the speed limit, thank you) through a rather barren place when the sun rose over the mountains – it was stunning. It made me smile and look forward to the day.
Christmas Eve may just be my favorite day of the year. It’s so full of anticipation and a sort of harnessed, yet unrestrained, joy. You can feel the energy of this day – a day where almost anything seems possible. A day where we wait for great things – and don’t really mind the wait.
As I think about the evening ahead, I remember the sunrise this morning. That clear, spectacular sunrise in a place that otherwise seems barren strikes me as something not-so-dissimilar to the event we celebrate tomorrow.
That thought stopped me in my tracks for a minute. How many other daily reminders do we have? How many go unseen?
So tonight, my prayer is that in the joy of celebration, we don’t forget the simple gifts … stunning beauty in unexpected places, the quiet breathing of a little one sleeping, the fellowship of friends … as we celebrate a gift beyond measure – a very small child who came to save a very big world.
Merry Christmas to all!I'll be hoppin' along now ...