It is nearly midnight on Christmas Eve. I am exhausted…but it is a good tired. The last of the Christmas Eve services has concluded. I smell candles; I hear echoes of Silent Night. My work is done, all is quiet. It is indeed a silent night. The Christmas tree will remain lit through the night, a beacon in the dark. People are home…or on the road to visit loved ones…or somewhere in-between. On Christmas Day, we too will travel to visit family and friends. This quiet time, this in-between time, is always special for me.
I wonder if this is how it was that first Christmas many years ago. Joseph tired from the journey. Mary exhausted from traveling and giving birth. Their work is done. Finally, all is quiet as the new family settles in for a few hours of sleep. They don’t know it yet, but they will soon be traveling again…but for now, all is silent.
In the silence, I sense the nearness of Christ. “All is calm” sings the familiar carol. Calmness is where I find Him. Don’t misunderstand me, I enjoy the brass calling out joy to the world. I delight in the choir singing of one small Child who will change the world. I relish the bright darkness of a silent night by candlelight. But it is in the quiet that I sense Christ.
That is my Christmas wish for you. Somehow in the tiredness and tinsel of this holy day, may you too experience the nearness of Christ. After all, He is God’s gift to each and every one of us…today and every day. Merry Christmas.