As we snuggle into our new place for our first Christmas just the two of us, it is fun to think about what has changed since we snapped this picture over Christmas break last year in New Hampshire. It has been a year of learning and growing for us, along with lots of play and lots of work. We’ve traveled, moved, and added a seven pound boy to our family (he’s still inside, but the doctor says there’s a good chance with his size he’ll show up really soon). We made big decisions, bought a house, and settled into a new routine. But, as neat as it is to think about the things that have changed, the best part about Christmas is the part that never does.
It must have something to do with carrying one of God’s precious children this time of year, but I’ve been feeling a strong kinship with Mary throughout the month of December. As I read about her quiet humility in the Bible and echo her feelings of inadequacy whispered in the song “Breath of Heaven,” I am blown away that God trusts His greatest treasures to His imperfect children. But I am grateful for a God who does. I am grateful for a God willing to send His son to make up for my imperfections and I am grateful that no matter what changes year to year, His gift never will.
I hope you have the merriest of Christmases and that you’ll be filled with His love. That sweet baby born of Mary changed the world and He has changed my life. Sometimes amid all of the presents and the lights I miss that, but I am always happy to be reminded.
P.S. I’ve seen this clip floating around for the past few weeks but finally took the time to watch it today – a great start to my Christmas festivities 🙂
^also, these hooligans will be en route in the next few days and, well, I’m glad our Christmas season will include lots of family after all — I’m convinced one of the greatest gifts God has ever given me is them 🙂