December 12, Day Seven of Week Two – The Way of Peace though Love

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Snowy Peace

Christmas Canon Song Link

This night, we pray
Our lives, will show
This dream, he had
Each child, still knows (2)

(He had)  This night, we pray
(Our lives)  Our lives, will show
(He had)  This dream, he had
(Our lives)  Each child, still knows

This night  (On this night, on this night, on this very Christmas night)
We pray  (On this night, on this night, on this very Christmas night)
(Our lives)  Our lives
(On this night, on this night, on this very Christmas night)  Will show

(He had) This dream
(On this night, on this night, on this very Christmas night)  He had
(On this night, on this night, on this very Christmas night)
(Our lives) Each child
(On this night, on this night, on this very Christmas night) Still knows

Reflection: When I hear this song, I immediately sink into the peace this season brings with it. The music is gentle, the words simple and the children sound like angels. It swirls all sort of memories for me that remind me of what this season means that were cast in my heart at an early age. Learning to sing O Little Town of Bethlehem for the children’s program at church, struggling with the high notes. We had an old hi-fi that played endless Christmas songs and smelled like wood polish and the past.

Listening to my dad and mom tell the Christmas story as they set up the nativity, complete with a paper mache cave my dad made because that’s what stables were really like when Jesus was born. They would tell the story, my mom strong on the scripture and my dad filling in small details like how the shepherds had dirt under their fingers, the bad breath of the camels, the smell of the stable, the long, rocky journey to Bethlehem, the rags Jesus was bundled in, the quiet joy that Mary and Joseph shared by themselves that night. Watching my dad set up his trains and village that he made himself, making up my own stories about the people that lived in the village. It became a tradition that my sister and I always singed our long hair on the candles at Christmas Eve service.

My son’s first Christmas, his blond curls and innocence caught in the lights of the Christmas tree, and I thought of Mary and the powerful love of a mother and child. Finding my life mate and true companion, always putting two doves on the tree first as a testament to the friendship that became the love of our lives. This is Advent, a time to pull close to all that we are surrounded by the story of miracles and the greatest love story ever told.

Action: Today, have your family share their favorite Christmas memories and traditions. Listen to your favorite Christmas songs. Drive around and look at Christmas lights. Do what brings you peace and joy. Let the tender peace of the season gently settle around you.

Dear God, This night, we pray, our lives will show this dream he had, each child, still knows. Give us a child’s heart that has no doubt about this season and its hopes. Let us touch that place in ourselves where the sense of Christmas is keen and pure, and open it wide. With wonder, Amen.

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