The whole world spins around celebrating love, not realizing You are Love and it’s You that is to be celebrated. We get on our phones and post our pictures and forget what it must of been like to behold heaven on earth. God among us. And now, God within us.
In this moment, I am making space. I am beholding. I stand in awe that You would come and live Your life and die Your death for me. That You love me that much. That You wanted my heart that much. That You wanted me now and for eternity that much. May I never ask how much I should give to You when You have given everything, always beginning with Yourself. Always beginning with Christmas.
May I never hold anything, regardless of how dear, with fists clinched tightly. Your fists were clinched tightly for me as You became a helpless babe bent snug in Your mother’s womb, then making Your way to sweetly lay in her arms beside that manger, awaiting the day You were born for – hanging helpless and heavy holding my sin on the cross. Clinched little baby fists now fully grown and opened wide to be nailed to that tree. Clinched fists etched with all the brokenness mankind can offer but sealed in holiness and victory. Clinched fists now gaping wide open. And I want Your open hands to open mine and lift them high in worship. That is worship: open hands of surrender.
This is Christmas, and it is something to breathe in and live out every day. The un-clinching of fists. The opening of hands. Your open hands causing mine to open.
Christmas is not a day or a season, Christmas is You. The coming of Christ. The coming of Christ into my every day moments and gently opening my hands to remove the things that don’t belong and filling them with all the things that do.
Christmas – The beholding of You, not only when we celebrate Your earthly arrival, but when I celebrate Your presence in every moment and behold You there.
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”