While I love Christmas the actual day tends to feel disappointing. While I love twinkling lights my soul still longs for a better experience of the light within me. I crave the quiet this time of year and this seems like the hardest time of year to find it. The expectation in the culture we live in and my own self-appointed ones ride along with me debating their worth alongside my soul’s true longings.
All the while, whether we notice or not, our soul is yearning for something else.
Recently, I began learning about Christmastide and it is opening Christmas up for me in a new way. My new awareness of what our church history and tradition is helps me recalibrate my perspective. Christmastide begins when Jesus is born! Instead of ending tomorrow, tomorrow it begins. God becoming flesh coming alongside His created humanity that He longs to love not only is the fulfillment of a great promise but it is a miracle. Christmas doesn’t actually end after you open gifts. This is refreshing!
As Christmas is happening, we begin our journey toward Epiphany when the wise men arrived in Christ’s presence recognizing Him as the son of God! It is very exciting and helps frame the bigger picture to what’s happening spiritually.
In these final hours of Advent, may we be led out of a desert of disappointments and false expectations into reflection and soul celebration. Christ has come for us and He is still coming. May we recognize who lives in us and wants to bring us life.
Today into tomorrow, find some space to be aware of what your soul is truly longing for. Reflect on the gift that it is to recognize Christ being born to come into your personal world - to love you and save you. Recognize and celebrate who He is to you in your life. Journal words from your soul.
“Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord.
- Zechariah 2:10