Five Words Before Christmas – Luke 2
Of all the chapters in the Bible, my assigned passage to read and respond to is Luke 2: the story of the birth of Christ. Doesn’t it seem like I should so easily spill with beautiful insights? Doesn’t it seem like so many wonderful things will come to mind? Christmas truths and sacred traditions, parallels and paradigms of stars and lights and angels on high.
Sometimes writers have wisdom; sometimes writers just have words. Tonight, I can’t seem to find either.
So I look to the cast of characters. Where there is a character, there is a story, and the characters are where the readers find themselves. I ask them to show me their role in the story, that I may learn my own.
The angels are the excitement. The shepherds are curious and amazed. Mary ponders these things in her heart, holding closely the things she can’t understand. God’s word has come to pass; his plan is strategically at work. And those who hear the story burst into praise to God, who has sent Jesus, the Savior, Lord and Christ.
Excited. Curious. Amazed. Pondering. Praise.
And I wonder if I can take these five words with me into the holiday season, asking God to unfold the words as he unfolds the story, that the story may come alive to me, that these words may become my own.
Holy God, Sacred Jesus, I sang these words this morning, and they have followed me throughout the day:
You are more than my words could ever say.
You are Lord, all creation will proclaim.
You are here; in your presence I’m made whole.
You are God; of all else I’m letting go.*
Give me excitement. Curiosity. Amazement. May I ponder. And may I bring you praise.
*lyrics from “Forever Reign” by Hillsong
Tricia Lott Williford’s great loves are teaching, writing, and her two young sons, Tucker and Tyler. She collects books, words, and bracelets, and she pushes the boundaries of ‘widowed, single mom.’ Tricia speaks at events and retreats all over the country, and she writes daily on her blog, TriciaLottWilliford.com.