An Advent Reading for Saturday, December 16

Traditional carol, O, Holy Night

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:8

   Growing up with parents who loved the Lord, Christmas was filled with many traditions, but the focus was always to worship Jesus in a special way during the season. And yet, almost every year on Christmas Eve we were expected at a large extended family gathering where that was not the focus. Those Christmas Eves would not be described as holy but certainly as loud, crowded, a fair mixture of smiles and strife, and full of glimpses of “the world in sin and error pining.” In the midst of it all, my parents, filled with the Holy Spirit, tried to also be filled with love and peace.
   There is perhaps no traditional Christmas song that is a truer picture of the wonder and worship of Jesus’ arriving than “O, Holy Night.” The song calls for us to fall on our knees and acknowledge the holiness and sacredness of the Christmas event. Christmas is not only about acknowledging Jesus, but about being swept up in the wonder and worship of knowing Him and God’s plan to share Himself with us. Though we have not seen Him and were not there to see Him that first Christmas Eve, we know Him, and knowing Him should absolutely fill us with a joy that cannot be expressed in ordinary words or happenings but only through worship to our Holy God.
   Maybe you find that many of the moments you spend around the holiday are like my extended family experience—lacking in the divine and holy. Remember that you are the holy in the midst of all that ordinary. You are the holy because He lives within you. What greater worship can you give God than to be among others filled with a God-given joy and wonder?

Paige Allen