As I cast about looking for the words to this Christmas post I found myself at a loss for what to say. I mean, everything I wrote down had been said before, and often by more insightful and wiser persons than I. Instead I decided to write about how I wanted Christmas to be different for me this year.
Think about it … I can’t buy and send home a bunch of presents. I can’t help my wife decorate the tree. I can’t visit the local assisted living centers to sing carols. In fact, the only things I can do are send out cards and call people with best wishes. And while these things mean a great deal to me I still felt that they’re not quite what my heart was looking for.
Christmas for me has always been about family, and I feel good about that. God blessed me with a wonderful family and I am truly thankful; yet I didn’t make Christmas about Christ really. Christmas was something that, more or less, happened to me, for me, and around me and when I realized that I decided I wanted Christmas to happen with me as a full participant.
How to do that?
I wasn’t sure how to even go about answering that question so I decided to sit down and start writing in the hope that the Holy Spirit would guide me to the words and thus my answer. And I go exactly…
I walked the track thinking about it and again was rewarded with nothing.
So I turned to my last resort – meditation. When I mediate I often hear the Holy Spirit and this time I was rewarded with …
“Listen to the radio.”
What was i to do with that?!
I took it literally and tuned into a local station that plays Christmas music 24/7 from Thanksgiving through Christmas day. I listened for days and didn’t hear anything that felt like the answer. I was expecting to hear some wisdom from a DJ or talk show host, but I got nothing; until one night while falling asleep with the Christmas music playing in my head.
Then I got it!
You see, more than a decade ago I heard a Christmas song that moved me deeply. Thanks to the internet I was able to track down the artist and lyrics and I committed those lyrics to memory. As I lay there going through the message of the song it dawned on me how Christmas could happen with me as a full participant.
Below are the lyrics to the song, “My Heart is Bethlehem.” I hope you’ll find in it the same thing I do … that within you is the secret of how to bring Christ into your life not only on Christmas day but every day of every year.
May the joy of Christmas fill you every day and deliver to you all that is important in your life. Please remember our Savior on Christmas day and commit some time in thanks to God the Father for His gift to all mankind.
My Heart Is Bethlehem
Eternity stepped into time,
And drew a mortal breath.
Mystery so clearly seen
The world could not forget
That in the town of Bethlehem,
In the most unlikely place,
God, the father wore
A child’s face.
There’s something in the heart of God,
So purely meek and mild
That finds its best expression in
The longings of a child.
For every child’s heart is hungry,
To be found and loved and known
A someone who would make their heart a home.
My heart is Bethlehem
I will make room for him.
This humble dwelling place
Made worthy by his grace.
This child is still adored,
Because he still is born
Deep in the hearts of men,
(To love and not condemn)
My heart is Bethlehem
I wish for you this Christmas Eve,
That you would find true peace.
But silent nights are holy nights
And wonders never cease.
There’s no remembering,
The ghost of Christmas past
For God’s forgiveness finds your heart at last.