In Search of the Familiar this Christmas
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Traditions are a glorious thing I think. And yet, I have very few. And this year of 2020, where so many have been made to let go of time honored traditions, I am the more glad for it. Which brings me to my thought. What is Tradition? Is it really doing the same thing at the same time of year every year? Or is it deeper than that.? Is it a calling to our soul to come back to the FAMILIAR, even if just for a moment?
This Christmas I do not seek what was. I seek familiar things. Those things that fill my heart with warmth and wrap around me like a warm blanket. It may not look like any other Christmas we have had, but it can still be lovingly familiar.
I don't actually believe in "Normal", I don't have a NEED to do the Holidays in a certain way. But like any human being I do desire the gentle breeze of the familiar things.
Which is why I used the KJV version of the the story of Jesus' birth.
I always hear the voice of Linus from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" reciting these beautiful words.- To listen Click the Link!
There is my little touch of familiar, that I offer to you as a gift this Holiday Season.
Be blessed and well. Stay safe and healthy, and may you be able to wrap yourself in the warmth of the familiar this Christmas time!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!