Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month,
that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day;
and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it;
for mirth is also of Heaven’s making” (Leigh Hunt).

A Hushed Heart and Heavy Eyelids

A Hushed Heart and Heavy Eyelids

O the power of that stanza. The Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth.

I come to this 12th Thankful Day of Christmas with a hushed heart and very heavy eyelids. It’s been a long, good day of “much-to-do” but God gave me the necessary energy and emotional stamina to complete every task and to share time with dear friends and loved ones. On the way to our Christmas Eve Service, Grant’s cell phone rang. Lo and behold, Candace was ringing in from the French Alps. It was so good to hear her voice, if only for a few moments. We could “hear the tears” of our first Christmas apart, but shared a lovely family moment.

Today, on this 12th Thankful Day, I am grateful for all the million little things that transform my very ordinary life into an extraordinary one. Before I close my sleepy eyes, I want to spend my silent moment reading the last portion of our 12 Thankful Days of Christmas scripture passage, Ephesians [3:20]-21:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
for ever and ever!
Amen.”

May the same Spirit that dwelled in the stable in Bethlehem,
dwell in your heart and home tonight. It is a holy night.

Merry Christmas!