Sunday, December 06, 2009

Be Still...

I love Christmastime. I look forward to the purchasing of presents, the decorations, Christmas trees, delicious sweets, parties, and all the merriment that this season has to offer. Although these things can be beautiful, sometimes I allow these festivities to clutter my mind and compete for my attention and the true meaning of Christmas gets buried beneath the glitter and the glam.
And I almost forget. What should be a holy season filled with peace and love, goodness and service, gratitude and remembrance, worship and reflection becomes a hectic scramble of presents and decorations that almost eclipses the real meaning of our celebration. Almost. Fortunately, in still, quiet moments clarity prevails and I catch a glimpse of the Christ child. No wonder He said, "Be still, and know that I am God." In stillness comes understanding, inspiration and peace. This morning I watched this video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did...



(This video is produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is entitled "The Nativity," but the audio has been removed and replaced with a recording of Amy Grant's "Breathe of Heaven.")

6 comments:

Jan said...

Lovely thoughts -- this is my favorite time of year and somehow I'd like to forget all the rushing and worries and everything else that seems to go along with it and really focus on what's important. Because really, what else is there?

Carolynn said...

I agree. I've all but opted out of "Christmas" this year.

The bible reference you make here is one that has resonated with me for a very long time. So much so, that I had it tattooed on my wrist a couple of months ago. Psalm 46:10. Beautiful.

Renee said...

Ok, I just tried to leave a comment, but it messed up... so if you end up with two, sorry!

I feel the same way and appreciate your beautiful reminder!

randi said...

It is always good to slow down and remember the important things in life. I am trying to keep this season from being too hectic even though we have a wedding going on too. I don't want to lose the magic, you know?

MiaKatia said...

I read this and thought I just need to get everything done so I can be still... Then I figured maybe I would be better off if I flipped it. Be still and listen then do only the most important things I have time for in the end.

Kim Walus said...

Thanks Suzanne for this sweet reminder of being STILL! I've tried to focus on that more this holiday and it's a blessing to feel the love of the Savior in my life.

Thanks for your sweet comment too on my blog. Wasn't the most recent video just perfect. It made me bawl!