Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I have nothing to pack.

For the first time in forever, I will not be at my childhood home Christmas Day.  I will not pack up gifts, clothes, snow pants, sleeping bags and toiletries.  We will not have to rush through our little family's pre-Christmas celebration.  I will sleep in our bed.  I will watch the fire in our stove.

It will be decidedly quiet compared to all the normal festivities of extended family celebrations.  Part of me will miss it terribly.  The other part of me needs the relative quiet.  I need the good night's sleep.  I need to gather just us (in all our messy glory) around our table.  I need to help us focus on the last of our Advent devotional reads (which we never seem to get to).  We need the stability and predictability of being at home.

This past year has been one of many changes and much emotional stretching for all of us. It only seems right that we slow up, hunker down and rest as we usher in God's miraculous gift to us.  He's been giving us gifts all year long that have felt down right extravagant.  To focus on the Gift of Christ almost makes me come undone.  And I want to be home if I am to come undone.  It's just what I need because I know that the grace, peace and love that will put me back together makes me stronger than I was before.  And I need all the Holy Strength I can get.

Whether you're traveling or staying home this Christmas, my prayer for you is that you will allow yourself to come apart a bit.  Contrary to what the world tells us, this week is not about gifts or food or even family.  It's about ushering in the most amazing event of all time.  Be present for it.  Allow it to break and strengthen you and draw you ever closer to the Holy Gift Himself.

Grace, Peace and Love,

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  1. It seems to happen to most families at some point; the breaking away from what we have always done. I am finding beauty and joy in starting our own traditions at home with our children while they are still young. I believe it's a blessing to be able to 'Go Home' to our parents. However, at some point I want them to remember being in their own home, with their parents, making their memories...and not just reliving mine ;) I enjoy reading your blog and wish you all the best through this wonderful season!

  2. *Amen!* Every single Word of this... May God Bless your family with a Peaceful, sustaining Christmas.

  3. Merry Christmas Jane... and family. :)

  4. Enjoy your day and your family and your time being quiet and undone...sounds like something we could all benefit from.. Merry Christmas xo

  5. Sending the warmest wishes for this holiday season to you and your beautiful family. Hold them close and love them dearly. Hoping the season brings you peace and contentment.

  6. I love those quiet Christmas times at home...just us. I trust it was a precious time together. May the Lord bless you MUCH in 2015. Hugs, Camille


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