What I Think of When I Think of Christmas.

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A dark night.

      White flakes

              falling

            down

               s  l  o  w l  y

The air is brisk and the stars are dancing elegantly.

Peace is often what comes to mind when I think of Christmas. It is a time when the chaos would slow down. The rush of the holidays diminishes and I can enter the rest that my mind, body, and spirit yearn for.

In my home growing up, we had a fire going, our tree was lit and all other forms of light were absent. With hot chocolate in hand, I loved sitting on the couch next to the window and staring outside into the night sky drifting into deep meditation.

My favorite verses in this season are Isaiah 9:5-6.

For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult

    and every garment rolled in blood

    will be burned as fuel for the fire.

For to us a child is born,

    to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

    and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:5-6 (ESV)

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Verse 6 is a common verse that commemorates Christmas but I love to meditate on verse 5 as well. Notice the description words that Isaiah utilizes in verse 5: tramping, tumult, blood. It is grotesque description. A vulgar portrayal that reveals to us the implications of the child and what he brings, that is, … peace.

In my mind, I can see the contrast of the blood stained warrior and the blood stained newborn. The warrior answers to the government. The government shall be upon the shoulder of the child.

One is an instrument of war, a result of our selfish desires. The other is an instrument of peace, all that we ever need.

The child, namely Jesus, is the Prince of Peace.  With this child, all the instruments of war can be laid down and cast into the fire. They are no longer needed. We can rest knowing that all things rest on him.

Often, I could feel my body relax as I breathed an easy, sigh of relief. My gaze would break and the peace that surpasses all understanding would be renewed.  This is what Christmas means to me.

In light of Scripture, what does Christmas mean to you?

 

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