2005-12-24 - Christmas Memories
Christmas Eve 2005
Ever since I was a girl in elementary school, it was my job to put up the crèche. That role hasn't changed, and it is something I look forward to every Christmas. When I unwrapped the wooden manger and ceramic figures this year, my eyes looked at the baby Jesus figurine. I have looked at this figure for many years, but never looked beyond Jesus' delicate face. His eyes painted to represent peaceful sleep. I at times wish I could shut my eyes from the outside world and grasp peace. In our society, Christmas can be a time of hustle and bustle, not the real reason for the season. This year I plan to take frequent gazes at the baby Jesus; hopefully I will see my face in His.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord." Luke 2:7-11 (NRS)
Lord, May I reflect Your peace throughout the year. In Jesus? name I pray, Amen.