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December 1st, 2010

posted by Sharilee West

@ 11:17 am

FROM THE WEST WING

    December 1, 2010. Wow! Christmas is upon us once again, one of my favorite times of the year. How about you? I know that for many, this time of the year brings with it much stress; so much to do, not enough time to do it. It is so easy to get caught up in that mind set.  We hear the words “Remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season” or “Don’t forget the REAL meaning of Christmas” so often that many times they become so cliché that our response can become “Yeah, yeah, I know. Just give me a few more hours in the day or a few more days in the week and I’ll be happy to remember Jesus this year.”

    But, what if, just what if we really took those words to heart? What if we began to meditate during this time of the year? Allow me to share with you the words of a 19th century carol that Mrs. Lehman shared with the teachers this morning. It truly spoke to me. I’d never heard it before.

  See, amid the winter’s snow, Born for us on earth below,
  See, the tender Lamb appears, Promised from eternal years!
  Hail, thou everblessed morn! Hail, Redemptions’ happy dawn!
  Sing through all Jerusalem: “Christ is born in Bethlehem.

  Lo! Within the manger lies, He who built the starry skies,
  He who throned in height sublime, Sits amid the Cherubim.

  Sacred Infant, all divine, What a tender love was thine
  Thus to come from highest bliss, Down to such a world as this!

  Teach, o teach us, holy Child, By thy face so meek and mild,
  Teach us to resemble thee, In thy sweet humility.
  Hail, thou everblessed morn! Hail, Redemption’s happy dawn!
  Sing through all Jerusalem: “Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

    So, at the risk of sounding cliché, let’s slow down this season, let’s remember the reason, let’s meditate on the words of the carols, old and new, and let’s run to Him who has come to set us free.