Well, we’ve entered into this holiday season full swing! In our home, the decorations were slowly put up to savor each activity — the gifts gathered with each special person in mind — the Christmas movies enjoyed as we take time to relax after a long day.
One of our favorite stories this time of year is A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens said it best as he reminded us what’s important at Christmas.
My heart’s desire is that we take time to remember why we celebrate this day — why it’s our favorite season!
- First, it’s not all about the lights or the decorations or our favorite Christmas melodies (although they add so much to this time of year).
- It’s not all about the cookie recipes our families pass down for generations.
- It’s not the gifts piled under the tree (we often have 20+ family members celebrating with us — so the gifts are piled!)
- It’s not even winter’s glistening frost lit by the sun casting long shadows across the yard. It does make it feel, oh so, Christmas-y!
So what is it all about?
- It’s ALL about the Son – God’s Son who cast His shadow across history and all of creation so many years ago in a manger!
- It’s all about the Baby who made shepherds pause in wonder and angels sing praise and glory.
- The Child who caused wise men to travel for years to seek this Messiah.
- And as Tiny Tim said in our favorite Dicken’s story, that Baby-turned-Man “who made the blind to see and the lame to walk”!
‘And how did Tiny Tim behave?’, asked Mrs. Cratchit …….‘As good as gold.’ said Bob, ‘and better. Somehow he gets thoughtful sitting by himself so much and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me coming home that he hoped the people saw him in the church because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember on Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk and blind men see.’ A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
Oh, this is my absolute favorite line in all of Charles Dicken’s novels! May we truly see the Truth of declaring the Gospel in his simple words.
Blessings to you as you prepare for this beautiful season of remembering God’s Son!
And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them. Luke 2:18-20
Amy Christensen says
A Christmas Carol is my favorite as well and I love that line too! As Jesus Himself said, “…unless you become like a little child you will not see the kingdom of heaven.” Love hearing your thoughts. Have a very Merry Christmas! “And God bless us, everyone!” – A,my
Your home looks beautiful with the snow and greenery! I like how you pace out the activities and savoring them. So nice to meet you via The Loft.
Yes, it’s very picturesque! And we do try to pace ourselves, to truly enjoy this season, but it often gets away from us and we forget to savor. We’re always tweaking from year to year to find what works for each season. Main thing is to not forget the purpose, remembering the amazing gift of “God becoming man” out of His shear love for us! Merry Christmas!
Cate Hoepner says
I love that piece of text! How cool that such a great piece of literature points back to Christ. We can all take a note from Tiny Tim! ;)
Thank you Terry. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance! For the life of me I don’t know how I missed it all these many years – Tiny Tim ‘And how did Tiny Tim behave?’, asked Mrs. Cratchit …….‘As good as gold.’ said Bob, ‘and better. Somehow he gets thoughtful sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me coming home that he hoped the people saw him in the church because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember on Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk and blind men see.’
Let it be Christmas! Love it!
Thanks again for sharing!!
My absolute favorite word picture! Tiny Tim pondering what Jesus did and how he could be used to show Christ to others! Amen and amen! Good to meet you, too!
Leah Adams says
Hello, and welcome to #theloft. so glad you linked up. It is true…we have missed everything if we miss the reason for Christmas. Thanks so much for joining us. Do come again in 2015!!
Arabah Joy says
I was so excited to see you in the link up this week :) That line from A Christmas Carol is so good, and so true. What’s the point of the season if we miss the Point? I do not want to be guilty of doing a bunch of stuff and having fun but missing Christ. So thankful for you and your thoughts here. Merry Christmas, friend.
I’m glad to be back, too. I hope you don’t mind me using an old post. Family and life is full as we prepare to celebrate this season together. Enjoy this special time with your family!