December 7, 2011

The Quiet of Christmas

Today I'm struggling with the jetlag monster.  Coffee is my friend.

We returned a few days ago from a month-long adventure back to Texas to check on my recovering Mama and take the oldest offspring to visit her university of choice.  (My mother is a poster child of the power of prayer as she fell on concrete 2 months ago and is making miraculous progress with a significant brain injury.  My sister has selflessly instituted herself "keeper of the parental units".  She promptly moved in, and has been monitoring everything from doctors and rehab therapists to prescriptions and Jeopardy schedules since the day of the accident. )

 Traveling with the four chicklets within the Space-A system makes for interesting tales and painful lessons in waiting. We finally got out a week of so before Thanksgiving and returned home Sunday.
 The trip forced me to reacquaint myself with holiday hustle and bustle and really just crowds in general.  They were everywhere and always seemed to be in my way.  Likewise, American TV bulged with endless commercialism during this festive time. I'd forgotten. Even just the pace of life was more harried and stressful than life in my peaceful German hamlet.  Screaming from across the airwaves came demands of what I must do, must buy or must wear . And, I guess, when a body is submerged in such noise, it quickly becomes numb to it. Coming back to it all, the obnoxious advertisements were just that....loud and irritating.  The words "tis the season" take on a hue of "oh well" as we get jostled around the cash register.  Sights and sounds of  JOY fight for my attention.

  What have we done to this season?  How did buying THINGS become the focus of a celebration of God's choice to rescue us from ourselves? 

Travel back in time 2000 years to a 'season' of crowds and tax-paying and just general chaos.
The town was Bethlehem, and yes, even then, He was squeezed out.

Interesting, isn't it, that things haven't changed that much.  All but a few missed  that first Christmas.  The ones who didn't were looking.  For HIM.  And they found Him in an unexpected place. 
In the quiet.

In these days of bustling noise, are you looking for Him?


1 comment:

  1. I was just re-reading this post and had to laugh at the irony of me reading it the first time and missing the "quiet" tone... too caught up in my overwhelmed, self-absorbed world to quiet my spirit and focus on Him.

    Thank you for sharing your heart. You continually bless me!

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