Monday, December 24, 2012

Finding the magic...

It's Christmas Eve!

Every year on Christmas Eve, as a young teenager and every year since, I've asked God to show me a glimpse of His magic on this special night. That Christmas magic, that soulful, heartfelt connection to the Lord that seems to take place once a year under star-studded skies.

As I grew up, I realized that I was also outgrowing the magic of Christmas and that terrified me. I didn't want  to be just another stressed out adult, checking off my list and racing to make sure the pies were baked and the gift were wrapped and the bicycle under the tree was assembled before dawn. I didn't want Christmas to become commercial and expensive and wasted.

I wanted to FEEL it. Whether I was 8, 18, or now - 28.

So I pray for the Christmas magic, and guess what?

God shows me every time.

This Christmas Eve night, steal away outside for a moment when you can be alone. Or if you can't do that, just take a quick minute as you stroll from the parking lot to the church, or from the driveway to your house, or wherever you are - to stare up at the Christmas Eve sky and ask God to reveal His holiness to you. His Christmas magic. To make the night Christ was born real in your heart. To let it overshadow the stresses and concerns and worries that fill your mind.

To breathe in Christmas.

He'll meet you there.

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