Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dressing Up

With all of the other things going on, (including traveling every weekend since before Thanksgiving) we have finally managed to complete the decorating of our apartment for Christmas...
We discussed not putting up a tree this year and just not going through the hassle of getting all the decorations out of storage, but I just couldn't do it. I needed to decorate...to place some things around the apartment to keep my mind in anticipation of the coming celebration of the birth of the Christ Child.
Luke 2:17-20 "When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."
Can you imagine? A newborn baby. The Birth of the Messiah. Angels announcing His Birth. What it must have been like to experience that!
I think that the Lord is pleased when we make Christmas a big deal (in a worshipful kind of way). The devotional book that I was reading the other day entitled "Come and Behold Him" put it this way...
...if God commissioned angels to roll back the night and fill it with blazing light,
...if God provided a mighty celestial choir to serenade a few startled shepherds,
...if God graced the heavens with a miracle star,
...if God arranged such a memorable entry point as a feeding trough in a stable,
then festooning our homes with a few seasonal reminders to celebrate the event with attention and care...is entirely appropriate. And, may I go so far as to say that if I would have chosen to not put forth the effort, to be too busy, and just skip the decorations this year...would that have been displeasing to the Lord?

2 comments:

Julie said...

interesting thought... I always marvel at what it must have been like that night too. I love meditating on it! thanks for the excerpt :)

I was also wondering... those oranges on the tree are from this year? if not, how do you preserve them. Very nice. Glad you could decorate... it just wouldn't be the same, would it! :)

Praying for everything today!

Anonymous said...

I agree. Everytime you look at the tree with the lights or candles or walk past the nativity scene I am reminded of the miracle of Christmas and am thankful. Decorations ( and music )help with a constant reminder through our hustle and bustle -it just rings out joy and gladness ( and to slow down and take it in). Enjoy the awesomeness and childlike wonder of worshiping our KING ummm :)!

love you and praying for today!
mom