“Silver Bells Ring in Stockbridge Village, Mass.”
(Hometown of Norman Rockwell)
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Do you ever have the feeling you want to press the replay button on your remote, rushing hither and yon, only to realize this is real life? Are you giving full attention to LIFE and to those who are turning your face to theirs?
If the world and all its concerns are too much with us, we may pass His Presence by, unseeing, oblivious to all the wonders of His Joy.
Once, my disciples remarked to me that someone was using My Name who was not yet a follower and that they had rebuked him. I answered them… “Don’t stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you.” (Luke 9:50)
That is so with the world celebration of My birth. I do not worry over commercialism…rather My eyes search for hearts searching for Me. Their yearning is evident in multitudes of references to the “magic of the season” and ” Christmas is a time for miracles.” That’s why into this longing, I make universal festivity to catch in the heart, unfold this season in delight and wonder…simply sing into every listening soul…
Today… listen for the silver bells ringing.
Delight in evergreen and scarlet festooned like my banner of Love and Joy over you.
Take note of simple beauties, like rainbow reflections in puddling snow melt or rain on the road.
Sing along to carols piping in the mall… remembering wonders of my Joy.
Purpose to live in the Past, Present and Future and never shut out My Spirit in them each. There is warmth and light in memory, in today, in a world to come.
As with the stars and rocks and sea, all that reflects beauty and true joy and light REVEALS ME. Do not discount the festivity of garland strung with color and song…the Christmas Tree bedecked in jewel and memory… for into the world My Birth is sung…to many who would not hear of Me in any other way.
When you are out and about, milling amongst the crowds, lift them up to Me. Ask Me to breathe My Spirit of understanding into their spirits. To open ears to Light they are hearing sung all round. To open eyes to the True Gift that is Christmas. To soften hearts, to draw all men unto Me. Ask Me to bring forth conversations of Glory. Yea… the very rocks… the very accoutrements of the season… call out My Name. Written in the stars.
Let this thought ring inside you…
Joy to the World! Your King has Come!
Because… you mean everything to Him.
© Pam Depoyan
This is the eighth post in my December Christmas House Calendar theme… similar to an Advent Calendar where you “open a door” to receive a message. In this case, one born of prayer and whispers from our “not so secret admirer.” Mark your calendar to come back here often this month for more “secret messages!”
Missed the introduction to this Christmas House Calendar Theme? If you’d like to catch up or read any of the posts for this month, you’ll find them here:
“Silver Bells Ring in Stockbridge Village, Mass.” now on display and available for purchase at my new gallery in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog — Christmas Wonder
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