Today has been a time of reflection because well that’s the word we are writing 5 minutes about on Kate Matoung.
I sit here this morning with my 2-year old grandson who spent the night. As soon as we walked in the dark den, I asked him if he wanted me to turn on the Christmas tree lights. He did, and I paused to show him a couple of ornaments with Santa kneeling down worshiping Baby Jesus.
This time of the year we can get so burdened – burdened with loss of loved ones and burdened with all that we as women are doing to make our homes and hearts ready for Christmas. I even get a little teary eyed putting up the tree each year because many of my ornaments were from Mom, and that little gold one up near the top is an ornament my baby sister made me one Christmas with Mom, Dad and us three girls when we were little. I’ll get teary eyed in a bit when I put that beautiful Avon Christmas nativity set my Mom gave me that fills up the top of our piano. But God has blessed me with precious memories, and I want to bless my family with memories when I am gone.
I’m not reflecting this morning on busy, hurried, frantic Christmas’. This year is different. I’ve slowed down and there is still much to do,BUT I’m savoring it all – taking it in and keeping it about Him. My husband even commented about the tree and how it reflects Him and as he prayed the other night He asked God to bless others as they come to the house and see it. I found some beautiful ribbon at Hobby Lobby with the names of Jesus, and have so many ornaments now that say peace, and faith and joy and a couple of crowns and lots of crosses.
As you take some time to worship with Him in the morning while looking at your tree, think on the things that keep Him in Christmas, think of the things you “get” to do, not what you have to do. We “get” to do Christmas. We “get” to bless others. We “get” to wake up each morning. We “get” to celebrate another year of Jesus’ birth.
Reflect this year on whose you are and spend time with family and friends. One thing I’ve learned someone we love can be gone in an unexpected moment. Make some memories this year. Love like you’ve never loved before.
Merry Christmas as you reflect on what is important.