Friday, December 9, 2011

The Season's Wisdom

The most trustworthy statement that we will
ever know is that Christ Jesus came into the world
to save sinners.
That, above all other declarations,
deserves full acceptance.
This is far more than the reason for the season,
it is the only reason for our hope.
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth,” declared John (John 1:14).
“While we were still sinners, Christ dies for us” (Romans 5:8).
~ Albert Mohler

Christmas.  I absolutely relish all things about it, from glitz to glitter; from Balsam to cinnamon.  Twinkle lights still captivate me.  The sounds of my favorite tunes sweep me away to precious memories new & old.  With the season's progress, my mother & father are alive; my own children still small.  Laughter decks the halls of my soul.  Well worn traditions settle in like a blanket of new fallen snow.  Savory delights torment my determination to be disciplined.

  It is good to be children sometimes,
and never better than at Christmas when
its mighty Founder was a child Himself. 
~ Charles Dickens 

I welcome the season's onset, and I mourn when the tinsel is no longer tinseling.

Yet it is here in these quiet morning hours -- with soft light & a bedazzled tree to accompany me -- I am awed anew by the strange way in which God chose to save all who would believe, and me among them.  

No hoops. 
No religious ceremony or ritual. 
No "ten steps to gaining God's attention & favor".   
No good works or self-prescribed misery.  

Just an invitation to come, just as I am.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest. 
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. 
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 
Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus answered,
“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me." 
John 14:6

Is it any wonder that wise men still seek Him?

At Christmas, all roads lead home. 
~ Marjorie Holmes

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Maryann said...

Why Christmas can be a season of hope, the promised savior has arrived, rejoice!

Aliene said...

Jesus is truly the Reason for the Season. We have just somehow got our priorities out of order. As we enjoy all the others thrills and gifts etc that goes with the season
I hope we can remember Who Christmas is really for.

Sonja said...

Of all I've heard and read this Christmas season... this one is somehow the most precious! These beautiful thoughts reflect my own heart, and I find myself in tears. The perfect picture He has created has become both clearer and dearer in the past few years. The plan of redemption, beginning way back at the manger... how blessed we are!


Debbie said...

Oh Kathleen, you always seem to share such wisdom. Even though my Christmas will be quiet, I am loving the excitement of the children at school. They adopted a little boy from Crisis Nursery and have been bringing in gifts for Jose. I take their picture when they present the gift for our basket and they are so pleased.

Thank you for sharing the quotes and verses of Scripture.

Love you,

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

One of my favorite Christmas songs is, "Mary, Did You Know?" It focuses on Jesus' mission.

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing yor wisdom my friend.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I am awed daily that God saved me. The older I get, the deeper the meaning of it all becomes to me. I cherish it in my heart and I can't thank God enough.

I too don't want the season to end. With all the little ones in my life right now, I love their excitement and their wonder of it all.

This post blessed my heart tonight...again. Thank you!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

You have hit on the very essence of the season. God loves us so much He came as a defenseless child birthed in a cold manger with only one purpose - to die in our places and bring us eternal life. The wonder of it all still resonates after thousands of years. Beautiful testament to a holy season. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I love all things Christmas too, Sassy. I pray this week a good walk to the manger for you and yours. Relish it all...