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Christmas Comes

Posted By Connie Moody, Saturday, December 22, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Comes

By Mary Ann Matthews

(As printed in "Reflections of Christmas”, 28th Edition, © Wheelabrator Corp, 1970)

Christmas comes at different times for me every year. I never know precisely when it will arrive or what will produce its spirit, but I can always be sure that it will happen.

Last year Christmas happened while I was visiting my parents. The day was frightfully cold, with swirls of snow in the air, and I was looking out of the living room window of my parents’ home which faces the church. Workmen had just finished constructing the annual nativity scene in the churchyard when school let out for the day. Children gathered excitedly around the crèche, but they didn’t stay long; it was far too cold for lingering.

Finally I noticed that all the children had hurried away—except for a tiny six-year-old girl. The wind lashed at her coat and she hopped from foot to foot to keep warm, but she stayed nevertheless, and carefully studied the Baby, Joseph, Mary and the rest of the display. And then I saw her remove her green woolen head scarf. Lovingly, she wrapped it around the statue of Baby Jesus. She patted the statue, kissed the baby cheek, and scurried shiveringly down the street, her black curls frosted with tiny diamonds of ice.

Christmas had come once again.

There is no doubt that this Christmas season 2012 "the day is frightfully cold” and darkness shrouds our holiday cheer. This December will forever be marked with the heartache of death: for some of us, the passing of a loved one; for all of us, the tragic and senseless murder of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook. Yes, the winds lash at our lives and swirls of pain and sorrow discourage us from lingering at the manger.

But the secret to seeing through the storm is to stay and carefully study the Baby and offer ourselves.

Christmas comes.

This simple Christmas hymn (author unknown) provides a deep insight to this very truth if you will meditate on the words and allow Christmas to come by coming to Christ:

Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Come to the stall.
Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Come one and all.

Come to the manger, come to the manger,
By early morn
Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Jesus is born.

Peace on earth, good will toward men,
Sing alleluia, again and again.
Peace on earth, good will toward men,
Sing alleluia, again and again.

Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Come to the stall.
Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Come one and all.

Come to the manger, come to the manger,
By early morn
Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Jesus is born.

Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Come join all we
Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Jesus to see.

Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Come through the night
Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Dear morning bright.

Come to Bethlehem,
Come and kneel
Sing alleluia, again and again
Alleluia, alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Come to the manger, come to the manger,
By early morn
Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Jesus is born.

Come to the manger, come to the manger,
This to restore
Come to the manger, come to the manger,
Come and adore,
Come and adore.

Meeting you at the manger this Christmas,

The FACE Staff

Tags:  Baby Jesus  Christmas  Manger  Sandy Hook 

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