Oh Come Let Us Adore Him
A Kindred Story by Whitney Davis
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9:6
Christmas. It truly is my favorite time of year. The cold weather, the twinkling lights, sweet treats, hot cider, beautiful carols, smiling faces, and the beauty of giving gifts gives me all the feels. But more than that, the season of advent sparks something so hopeful in my spirit and heart. Advent is by definition the arrival of a notable person, event or thing; the coming of Christ. Much deeper than the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas that ignite my soul, it's the anticipation and preparation for the arrival of a Savior that brings me the most joy in this season.
Through the years, my family has expanded and I’ve gained some insight and experience. If I could write a letter or a guide to my younger self in this season it would go something like this.
Dear Sweet Girl,
As you enter this advent season, take it all in. Take time to pause and appreciate the things that bring you joy. The beautiful lights, hopeful carols, delicious treats, snuggly blankets, time spent with those you love most, and the joy of giving gifts are what make this season so unique. Take time to savor that. You will not get this Christmas with your family back, so don't allow yourself to worry about the things that aren't important, like whether you should serve pecan or apple pie. A joyful wife, mother, and friend is what your family wants most this holiday, and they aren't concerned if every decoration is in the correct place or everyone is wearing the perfect outfit. Make a list of the things that are important for you to accomplish this holiday. If taking the kids to see Santa or attending a parade or going Christmas caroling is meaningful to you, then do those things. But please do not try to cram in all the other things that are not on that list. Do not compare the way you do Christmas with the way those around you do Christmas. Their traditions do not have to be your traditions. Do not go in debt over lavishing gifts on your kids or anyone else. Give gifts from the heart that your budget can manage for that will keep much more peace in your heart and home this season. There is much on the schedule this season, if you forget something do not stress over it, instead spend time enjoying those you love. Please do not feel the need to squeeze a Christmas activity into every day of the season. Affection and appreciation instead of a gift that breaks the bank is the best gift you could give to your husband. And finally, precious girl, wake up every single day and remember and reflect on the Savior who you are anxiously awaiting this advent season.
As it states in Isaiah, the Christ child is born. That is the bottom line, the end all be all of the season. Do not allow the stress or busyness of this season to overwhelm you in such a way that you fail to keep the Christ child central.
Ann Voskamp says it this way. “Just where you are, look for the small glimpses of God-glory breaking in, breaking out, sprouting, shooting, unfurling, bearing fruit, making a Kingdom, remaking the world, slow and still. And seek the shoot that bears witness to God-the hardly noticed child, the hymn hummed over the sink, the unassuming woman bent at the register, the dog-eared Word of God beckoning from the shelf. Gaze on shoots of glory and grow deep roots in God."
I do not want to be counted in those that hardly notice the Child this Christmas, for the Child came to earth to do what I could not do. I can't earn my way into salvation, but that babe in a manger came and sacrificed. He paid the ultimate price so that my eternal destiny is secure. I want to savor the Savior this Christmas. I want to honor Him this season by slowing down to appreciate the blessings in my life that come from Him alone. I encourage you, dear girl, take a breath, evaluate what really matters and pour yourself into the simplicity of cherishing a Savior as you await the celebration of His arrival. Oh come let us adore Him.