All is Calm, All is Bright

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given. So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.
 I wish sometimes that in the magic of Christmas all broken things would be fixed and all broken hearts and minds would be mended. Often our stories of Christmas miracles are stories of healing or fixing or finding. They make our minds joyful as we tell them and our hearts warm as we hear them. But the spirit of Christmas isn't receiving all the answers to our prayers and the resolution to our problems.

During Christmas our hearts become more tender, more feeling. For most of us a more feeling heart allows more room for joy and love. But many of us also carry heavy burdens, and tender hearts give more room to feel our suffering. The loss we feel, the pain we bear, the challenges we face often add a pale undertone of sorrow to our holidays.

The birth of the Son of God was a grand event in the history of the world. But the only fanfare and trumpets that greeted him were of the heavenly kind. His accommodations were not grand, just a small corner of lowly stable. His entry into this world was a peaceful and quiet one, stealing into the world unnoticed by much of the children of men. His entry into our hearts is often the same.

He comes silently into our hearts as we prepare Him room there, not among the beautiful and grand things we treasure, but among the painful and sorrowful things. He comes quietly, not to take them away, but to live in them with us, to journey through them with us, and at times to carry us through them when we cannot make it on our own.

The spirit of Christmas is not solely as spirit of peace and joy, but also a spirit of hope. Hope that one day we will emerge from our challenges stronger. Hope that one day our sorrows will be tempered by hearts full of joy. Hope that one day, all our wounds will be healed and again feel the warmth of His love in His presence again. Christ came into the world not just to give us joy. He took upon Himself our pains so that we, through His love and compassion, through our pains and our sorrows, could become full of joy.

We are all somewhere on that journey to become full of joy. I hope that each of us can make room in our hearts among the joy and the pain for Him to abide with us.

Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth in all the hearts of men.

Love, Monica Lynn

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