The gifts are all wrapped, the food has been prepared (some left to do today and tomorrow morning), the house has been cleaned ... and even though as moms there is always more we wish we could have had time to do (always striving for perfection), I am ready for the festivities to begin.
As I first awoke this morning and stayed in bed for a bit, thinking and praying ... my thoughts carried me to some recent verses I have read, and to some readings from various blogs I follow. As much as we long for the perfect Christmas, that is just not possible. Things will go wrong ... even though experiencing a taste of heaven (as we are often so blessed to do) in our family gatherings, there will be things that do not go quite like we wish. Or for some family gatherings this Christmas, things will go very wrong.
But the most perfect thing ever to imagine has already happened ... and that is what we can focus on this Christmas Eve, and tomorrow on Christmas Day.
"Because of God's tender mercy,
the morning light from heaven is
about to break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
and to guide us to the path of peace."
These words, spoken by Zechariah after the birth of his son, John, and shortly before the birth of Jesus ... announcing the most perfect thing we could ever hope for. Light in darkness. Peace. The coming of Jesus into our world..