The ornaments are beginning to fall off the tree. The pretty packages are gone and all that is left behind are empty bags and boxes. Gifts strewn around the house, still not put away. Empty stockings lie here and there, LEGOs have overtaken my kitchen table, and boxes of homemade goodies line my counter tops.
In the aftermath of what is Christmas, I want to learn to slow down and take it all in. I’ve caught myself wanting to hurry up, to clean it up, to get things back into order. But then this morning, my dear friend Rachel reminds me that it’s good to sit and rest a while, not to rush to return to the way things were. There is beauty in the aftermath that is Christmas. I don’t want to forget these moments. I want to make memories, surrounded by family and friends, and remember the JOY that is Christmas. I want to fully live in this moment, even despite the chaos.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10b)
Grace gifts 411-420
411. God’s provision shown through empty boxes and pieces of wrapping paper.
412. That my daughter’s flu only lasted 12 hours and she is enjoying Christmas today.
413. Getting to see my brother-in-law and his son, who I haven’t seen for a few years.
414. My oldest daughter’s engagement! Be still my heart.
415. A Dutch Baby breakfast this morning.
416. The joy on my son’s face as he spends hours building his new Lego sets.
417. Four more days of vacation!
418. My unsuspected gift and how God provided financially for it.
419. Being able to enjoy the simplicity that is Christmas.
420. Looking forward to 2012 with JOY and anticipation.
Linking up with Ann Voskamp and a community of grace seekers as we count towards 1000 gifts (and beyond). Will you join me there? Or simply leave a comment and share how you are experiencing Christmas joy in the aftermath today.