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Slowing it down

December 20, 2009

Christmas is only a few days away.  I think I’m done with shopping.  I’ve done as much decorating as I’m going to do.  The Sparklets are pestering about more baking, so that is yet to be done.  Got a bit of wrapping to do, too.  But mostly, I’m done with the stuff of doing Christmas.  Now I’d like to just breathe in Christmas.  Easier said than done, though.  Daily life has a way of demanding a trudge through the fields of tedium, dulling my mind and my senses to the wonder of the miracle that I celebrate this season.  The end result is I end up celebrating in my mind, and in my living room, but not so much in my heart.  And I really don’t like that.

I love Christmas.  Or at least, I used to.  The sights, sounds, smells, the traditions, the meaning.  It is beautiful and worthy of anticipation and celebration.  Our culture turns it into a celebration of Martha-ism, when in fact all I want to do is be Mary and sit at His feet with the promise that my choice won’t be taken from me.  But when you’re the mom and the wife, you have to be responsible.  It’s a harsh reality that butts up against the desire of my heart during a season where I’d really be than do.

I have a lot of Christmas songs and carols that I love, but one of my favorites is relatively recent on the music scene compared to the Old English carols I often love.  I found a video set to it to share here, though for the life of me I can’t figure out how to embed a Tangle video.  The pictures are ok, but I’d just as soon close my eyes and see the pictures that play in my head as those incredible lyrics flow by my ears.  You do what you want, but I hope you take a few minutes to stop, take some deep breaths, and listen.  Be reminded of the wonder and the miracle.  Be reminded of what kind of love it took to show up on this planet in an earth suit and play by the rules of physics and humanity.  Be reminded.

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  1. December 6, 2010 9:32 am

    Hey Sparky!?

    It’s tough to be a Mary in this Martha world of ours, isn’t it? When the all “doing” seems sensless and gets me feeling Scroogish, I remind myself, that it is in serving others that we serve Him. I’ve been a stay at home mom and housewife for the better part of 20 years. Lately I have been acutely aware how close I am to this thing called empty-nest-hood and the promise it holds of days filled with plenty of time for “being.” As for me, I will savor all this doing, doing, doing, at least for a little while longer, and if I should I become overwhelmed with my my lists of things to do, I will take a minute to be reminded that it is indeed in serving others that I am serving Him. Merry Christmas!

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