Devotional

Not your Normal Christmas Verse

Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalms 46:10

I always loved the Christmas tree lights. There is something about them that is calming to me. I can sit in the dark livingroom with only the tree lights on for hours. I’m not sure where this habit came from, but I can’t remember a time before this was a habit.

As I became an adult and a mother, this habit became even more pronounced. Maybe this was because the late nights were the only time that was quiet in the house.

I was thinking about this the other day. Why is it I gravitate to twinkling lights? What is it about them? There are so many stresses this time of year. Even more this year with all that is going on in the world. I need that calm.

But there is a bigger reason, I believe. The quiet of a dark room with twinkling lights always leads me to meditation and prayer; something that I can neglect in the season’s business and is that is badly needed. It’s the prayer, the quiet alone time with God, that calms me. Yes, the lights are pretty.

They bring with them beautiful memories. But more than that, the dark quiet and glimmering lights remind me of The Light that shines in the darkness. I know He is God, and He is in control.

This isn’t the normal Christmas verse. It doesn’t expound on the coming of God in human form to live and die in order to bring us to Himself. But I believe it goes to the heart of the reason why He came. He wants us to come to Him. He wants us to put our whole trust in Him. He came to bring “glory to Gon in the highest and peace to men of good will.”

His coming fulfilled the seventh day of creation. We can now fully rest in His presence and know He is God.

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