First Coming

He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine. He did not wait

till hearts were pure. In joy he came
to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
He came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

–Madeleine L’Engle

I am sitting in my living room – the tree is sparkling next to me. Under the tree, there are so many presents we had to move the end table.  The stockings – hung on the staircase, are already filled with some surprises.  The house is filled with Christmas treasures and the anticipation of what is to come.

I have just chewed the boys out for not doing their morning chores.


It’s a time when we should all be humming songs of peace and joy in our minds all day long and I am overwhelmed by the little things, like honey left out on the counters.  We are blessed beyond measure and I am looking at the faults.  We are saved, redeemed, children of The Almighty King – and I am frowning.

What will I do?

I will break through today. I will bust through the fog and REJOICE.  I will sing at the top of my lungs about the One who was sent to this Earth for me -for ME.  I will reflect on His goodness and mercy in my life. I will hug those boys a little tighter and nitpick less.  I will repent.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 19:35:06

    Oh how I needed this today! I need to take some time to reflect on this. I am so frustrated to still have boxes everywhere and chaos all around and things spinning by so quickly. I want to try to stop time and enjoy Christmas, but things just feel crazy. I need to invite God in and ask Him how he wants us to live each moment of this season. I cannot wait for a sane moment to share this time with Him and my family. Thanks for the reminder. : )


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