Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Peace & Hope This Christmas

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." 
Isaiah 9:6

It's Christmas Eve here as I write my first Christmas post after an amazing initial year in my journey into blogging.
The day is just beginning, ingredients at the ready to whip up a pavlova for our Christmas lunch tomorrow, presents ready to wrap, last batch of rocky road to make, carols playing in the background.

Many are rush, rush, rushing to find that last minute, just "Prefect" gift, set the ideal looking table (oh why do we look at Pinterest ideas & think that's the norm?), cook the best meal ever, the list goes on and on..........

BUT - in the midst of all that has become Christmas, I am stopping...........stopping to reflect on the simplicity of the first Christmas.

 Simple yet the most profound time in history, the birth of the baby Jesus. I am choosing to take time to see the wonder, the wonder that can really be the Christmas story.
A newly discovered carol to me is "Mary Did You Know?",  here is a hauntingly beautiful version by Pentatonix.


I am conscious as I write, that for so many, this is not a season of Joy & Peace. The events here in Australia and around the world just in this past week leave pain, questions and despair for many. 
One of my favourite Christmas songs is "I Heard The Bells" by Casting Crowns.
Take a moment to watch the clip & listen to the words of this song, words of Peace & Hope.

This simple decoration is my all time favouite and actually stays out all year.
 My Christmas wish for you all, is that you may rediscover the simplicity & wonder that is within the Hope of the Christmas story.

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