Pause during this holy season

As I get older, I'm learning to pause more often, especially when the world gets busier around me. I was helped in that effort this Christmas season by catching a rotten cold in the middle of December. I had to stop, rest and stay inside for several days. Much to my surprise:

  • The essential preparations still got done, and some unessential ones were left for another day.
  • The cherished family gatherings still took place.
  • The gifts were still given and received.
  • The worship and music of our church's services were still a focal point and beautiful reminder of the birth of the Christ Child—God among us—in the form of a baby boy.

The forced pause allowed me to take time to read and enjoy each Christmas card and to reflect even more deeply on the meaning of Christmas. 

The Christmas Scale

As though God wanted to make sure I got the memo about the importance of taking time to cherish the season, in my blog archives, I rediscovered this wonderful short video. Even if you saw it several years ago, I think you'll be as happy as I was to see it again. It's a powerful reminder that where you put the pauses can make all the difference, in music and in life…

Don't forget that Christmas doesn't begin until Christmas Day, December 25. Celebrate these 12 days of Christmas and savor the beauty and joy of the season and remember that age-old message of the angels:

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!”

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