Advent: Take my breath away

Where does kindergarten meet high-end glamour and vintage rub shoulders with modern chic? On the Christmas tree. This season keeps everything in a time-warp of vintage meets modern. And it all works because it is Christmas!

And yet at the same time, this season is a mish-mash of ideals and traditions. At first we run for presents, and then we run for nostalgia. And we itch for something that will shock us and make us stop in wonder. When does that wonder of Christmas stop? And how do we get it back?

This Psalm is powerful, elegant, and thoughtful.

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place[a]
    in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You return man to dust
    and say, “Return, O children of man!”[b]
For a thousand years in your sight
    are but as yesterday when it is past,
    or as a watch in the night…

“So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord! How long?
    Have pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
    and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor[d] of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!”

Psalm 90 

What if this was your Christmas? How much would you run to do errands? Would you buy that perfect gift to spark a smile? The world changes every year. Stop, slow down, appreciate. Look up to the mountains and wonder how long they have been there. And look at your planner that will be replaced in a month. Do not miss the day you have been given. Count the moments with a smile, and give thanks to God.

God, here we are again at the end of a Monday. I am amazed at how well it played out. God, thank You for what You do through the hard days, and good friends, and unexpected laughter. God, thank You for today. For these moments. Please help me to not rush to tomorrow, but put a pin through the snapshot of the day and enjoy it. Because its one day closer to Christmas, the end of the year, and I’m getting so old. God, teach me to number my days, not count any as “filler,” but learn to wisely reach through the moments to touch hearts. Like ornaments on a Christmas tree. Amen.

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