Please, click on the midi player to hear the music, I Heard the Bells on
The memories come flashing back. Family, friends, carols, special gifts,
special events, special . . . everything. It all seems so close. So welcome. So
wonderful. And, it should.
A fresh awareness of whom we are always seems to come alive today. As the
memories dance in and out and as the sparkling lights and tinsel provide an easy dream
world escape, the days of yesterday seem to become the time of now once again. We revel in
the delicious awareness that we have always been loved. And it seems, for those delightful
moments of revelry, that nothing has ever been wrong in the world.
And then, we remember. Sometimes it comes crashing back like a flood. "Peace
on earth, good will to men" is a wonderful pronouncement of angelic heraldry.
But, it is not the reality of the world in which we live at all. As important as the
advent of the Savior is, the task He came to initiate has not yet been fulfilled. It is
not even difficult to realize that.
So, on this day, this Christmas Day, what can we do to accomplish whatever is
our part of the task that Jesus' coming was meant to cause to happen?
Peace on earth: Let it start within your own heart.
Good will to men: Look at your family, or those close by. Look up from this
screen. There is a world around you that you are to influence. Let the good will begin in
and shine from you. Someone has to start the process.
"The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost."
You and I, and our neighbors, are His purpose. We always have been. We always
will be. He came to so fully change our lives that the angel's pronouncement to Joseph had
been, " . . . and He SHALL save His people . . .."
Our relationships, every one of them, are damaged by whom we are without Him.
He came to save us from the damage that is part of us, a damage that we did not seek, and
yet can do nothing about in our own strength. His desire is that those relationships be
Us to Him
Us to ourselves
Us to each other.
Who would ever have thought that such a thing could be put into motion by such
a seemingly common occurrence? He was just a baby that day. Helpless, susceptible to
danger, small, insignificant. But, OH, how the world was forever changed.
The tinsel, the garland, the lights and ornaments. They are only but a dim
reminder of how much glory God ushered into the world that day so very long ago. On their
own, they are pretty sights that captivate even a child's imagination. But, in contrast,
only a small candle in comparison to the glory God gave to us that day.
Merry Christmas !! It is but one aspect of God's wonderful gift!
Ottumwa, Iowa, USA
Daily Devotional Readings*
[Psalm 2, 85] [Micah 4:1-5] [1 John 4:7-16] [John 3:26-31]
With JOY and GLADNESS and PRAISE we say Thank You!! We know we do not deserve
what You have given. Your Son is a gift too precious for us to comprehend. Father, today,
fill our hearts with Your presence. Immanuel has come. God is with us!! You are for us.
You are in us. We are forever changed. Lord, we lift Your name on high!
*These readings are adapted from the
Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer,
Year 2. For Year 1 readings, see
Daily Readings, Christmas 1.