we got home from church on christmas eve. preheated the oven. lit the grill. lit candles. turned on christmas music. we had spent the day prepping food, wrapping gifts, cleaning up after the food prep. and now the evening was coming together…much how we had planned it.
steaks were thrown on the grill. stuffed shrimp appetizers came out of the oven and whetted our appetites for the rest of the meal. drinks were poured and plates were filled. and we sat down together around the candlelight centerpiece. we gave thanks. for each other. thanks to the One who supplies it all to us…even down the the very breath we breathe and the blood that courses it’s way through our veins. thanks.
tomlin was singing a song in the background…”my soul, my soul…magnifies the Lord.”
sometimes in the quieter moments where life has slowed down to this candlelit pace with cell phones and texting in ceasefire mode, i see more, i feel more of what this season is really about. below the surface and the frenzy of last minute preparations, a baby born. God in man. man in God. savor the simplicity and the complexity of it all and then let your soul do what it will do…magnify the Lord.
i am grateful for you. all of you who have joined me here in some way this past year of blogging. i am thankful for that connection and communication. i savor such, and hope that you and yours had a rich christmas time of celebration. and i wish you a new year full of anticipation of newness, growth, and blessing. God in man. man in God.