My youngest daughter recently reminded me that “Silent” and “Listen” have the exact same letters in them. Then she added that they must be meant for Christmas, because “Tinsel” has the same letters too. 😉 I thought that was so cute, and quite profound actually.
The past two years I’ve taken a writing sabbatical for part of December into the New Year. This year I am doing the same thing. Here’s why: 1. I’m still in a very busy and consuming season of life with my family and I need to be available first for them. 2. I’m not wired to do too much at once and still do it well. 3. I REALLY want my focus on Jesus to be as a learner instead of a teacher/communicator. 4. There are extra needs for encouragement and prayer at Christmastime “live and in person” all around me, and I can’t very well be used by God that way if I’m behind my computer writing (because of reason #2 above). And last, because there are hundreds of resources–blogs, plays, media, books, etc, not to mention God’s Word, proclaiming the good news of Christmas, and I’d like to “listen” to them while I’m “silent,” (at the same time realizing it’s a great time to take a break with all the other faith-filled, Christ-centered content out there).
So from today through the beginning of 2012, I’m going to take a Silent Listen. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? 😉
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a refreshing New Year. May Jesus Christ be your front and center, your all in all, your presence and very life as you worship Him this Christmas. For those of you who struggle during the holidays…be it with loneliness or depression, chronic pain, poverty, or grieving the loss of a loved one, I am praying for you, that the God of all compassion and comfort would strengthen you with His peace and joy and surround you with the tangible love of other brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us all stay mindful of those needing room in our hearts and lives and be willing to serve them in the way the Lord leads.
See you next year!
“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.’ And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.’
When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, ‘Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.”
Luke 2:10-20, NASB
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