December: Winter’s Ornament
December wants you to know that she is nocturnal. She is candlelight 🕯 in the window of a humble home with snow leaning over the roof. She is a glowing fire in the hearth; a walk in the moonlight and stars that guide us homeward. ✨ If you go looking for December during the day, you will not find her. There is much to do. But as the sky darkens, December emerges as winter’s ornament. She knows that come January, there will be longings for spring. So unabashedly, she wastes no time, stringing up twinkling stars and soft moonlight to shine on the mounds of luminescent snow.
December’s Christmas Eve light is magical. It goes right to our hearts, radiating inner warmth. It compels us to give, to heal, to reach out, to forgive, to gather, to rejoice and to seek simple truths. It shows us who we might be all year if we treasure the gift given to us as Mary did that first Noel. 🎄 Gifts she kept and pondered in her heart.
January looms and when my Christmas decorations return to storage bins, I save two reminders of my Christmas treasure. I leave a lighted tree standing until spring and I hang my favorite ornament on my heart. It is there when I need it most, for lighting my way.
Luke 2: 16-19
So they (shepherds) hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.