As I ponder and praise Jesus’ coming as a baby, the coming of Christmas this year, and His return at the end of the age, here are a few ways, words, melodies, and moments lighting my life with hope and peace and gratefulness and reflection during December and Advent.
1. Lighting a candle on my kitchen island every morning.
2. Lighting a candle each evening and reading this day’s Advent pages out of Shadow & Light.
3. Lighting votives in mercury glass holders along the basement shelf.
4. Listening to The Quiet Collection by Emily P. Freeman, curled on my couch, in the glow of my Christmas tree and feeling my soul exhale in peaceful solemnity at her quiet reflection. Soulful words spoken, the Word read with Caleb Peavy’s piano music as the backdrop.
5. Listening to Behold the Lamb CD by Andrew Peterson. I played it last year all through the Christmas season and now again this year.
6. Listening to sheep bleating and the little shepherdess’ voice in Ann Voskamp’s Instagram stories. So sweet and adorable and her lovely red coat! Add in Ann’s correlations of the Good Shepherd and you couldn’t find a more winsome combination.
7. Listening to Joy to the World by Casting Crowns. They know how to sing this song with the worshipful joy it deserves.
8. Listening to lessons on prayer from Beth Moore summed up entirely in two words: “Girl, Pray.”
9. Listening to Magical Lights by Brian Doerkson. Basking in the glow of twinkle lights. Turning the switch for soft lamplight to shine.
These seem to be my themes.
Listen + Light
Breathing in Hope.
John 8:12 ~ When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”