“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
It’s that time of year, isn’t it? The time of year when the days never seem to have enough hours. The time of year when there is always more for us to do. The time of year when we have this party or that gathering to go to. The time of year when we sometimes wish we could just take a minute to breathe and relax.
As most of you know we were blessed with the arrival of our 3rd child on November 19th. The new addition has certainly brought new challenges to our household and made some things a little bit more hectic during these first couple of weeks. Taking a moment to breathe and relax just has not been in the cards much around our house.
But there is something else that I have discovered in this time of uncertainty and change.
It is the peace that can only come in having a tiny newborn child fast asleep on your chest.
Even as I write this letter my daughter has taken her perch upon my chest and from the sound of her breathing is catching quite a nap. It makes me stop and wonder how Mary and Joseph felt on that cold night so long ago. They were most definitely looking at an uncertain future before them. What did the birth of this child mean for them? What did it means for the world?
But I also believe that even with that uncertain future before them they also experienced the beautiful peace of their newborn child.
My hope for all of us is that we can experience some time there this Advent season. Take time to tune out the world and tune in to God. Remember that the birth of a child, in a simple manger, was a reason for great joy for ALL people. Let us all experience that peace and joy in our own lives this month.