Friday, December 25, 2009

Silent Night, Holy Night....

"Merry Christmas!"

It's such a common phrase this time of year. I have to be as conscious to not extend that greeting as casually as people say "Hi! How are you?" without waiting for a reply.

"Merry Christmas!" is just the tip of the iceberg!

As time passes and I have more and more opportunities to reflect on what Christmas really means, I become more and more intentional in my greetings.

One of these opportunities occurred recently while I was interpreting. We were singing "Silent Night", and I had just signed "Christ, the Savior, is born". As I stood their, waiting for the next verse, I realized I was rocking the Baby, as Mary would have done.

Something stirred inside and my heart paused for a moment before it started beating again.

Moments like that make it all the more real for me. Yet, at the same time, it seems as if the place where I am, and the place where Truth lies has been expanded a million miles. It's not that I feel disconnected from it, it's more like I am aware that there is so much more depth and breadth to it than I ever considered.

The song continued and I found myself returning again and again to rocking the Baby, my eyes focused where His head would be, wondering how Mary ever could have contained her heart...

May you all have a very Merry Christmas!

May you also have an opportunity today to hold the Christ-child close to your heart, and for just a moment, focus purely on Him....

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