Monday, January 18, 2010

Can Christmas Be Packed Away?

On January first I had collected all of the Christmas tree ornaments in one box and then started collecting all of the greens when Qavah ran past me and asked, "Mommy, are you packing away Christmas?" I was busy at the time and casually answered her question. As I continued the clean-up, I wondered what Christmas meant to Qavah. I wondered if she thought it was just a festive event that could be brought out of a storage box and then packed away. I noted that I should bring that subject up with her at a later time.

This morning, Kathryn was in her room playing her harp. I was nearby getting ready for the day when Qavah showed up carrying her little blue Bible. I asked, "Do you want me to read to you from the Bible, Qavah?" She said, "Yes." And holding her Bible up to me she asked, "Can you read this page?" I took the Bible and went to Kathryn's room and pulled Qavah onto my lap. While Kathryn continued to play her harp, I read from Hebrews chapter ten as Qavah requested. It was a sweet time with the girls that I want to remember.

The electric window candles are boxed and put away until next Christmas, as are the little white lights. But the Light of the world resides in our home. He was listening to His Word being read by the gentle sounds of the harp. I think He loves being the Star in a scene like that. This is the part of Christmas that cannot be "packed away." He is, and forever will be, Immanuel, God with us.

Hebrews 10: 22,23 : Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.