Today. It should be a sacred celebration.
Hovering all around the Christmas tree and through the baked goods - Simmering around every hot stove and in each gift given - With every door swinging open to welcome kin - Shining in every lit bulb - And most certainly sitting in the beating hearts of all the people recognizing this day......
.....the Spirit of God should be thick present.
The way He hovered over the face of the waters at the very beginning - He should be settled over the faces of His people this day.
(And everyday we inhabit this earth.)
Yet, our hearts and therefore our faces - they can become so gnarly twisted around these days of observance....
Family spats, hurt feelings, loneliness, sickness, forgotteness, traveling frustrations, doubt, annoyances - all these things can turn a warm heart cold.
If this is you - pray fervently all this whole day.
I will be.
In the midst of the chaos or even the lack of it - ask for His Spirit to be ever present. Ask for healing. Ask for grace-filled words to sit on your tongue. Ask for calm and peace.
And ask for the ability to remember what all this hoopla is about, anyway:
Christ's sacrifice. Christ's gift. Our salvation.