There is something about Christmas that brings out the child in all of us. I must admit that even though my children are grown and gone, I still find it hard to go to sleep on Christmas Eve. I lie awake, far into the night, and think about Christmases past – more now than I care to admit! In my minds eye, I’m on my way to Grandma’s house, sitting in the back seat with presents piled so high around me I can’t see a thing! The faces of my cousins and aunts and uncles, forever young in my imagination, flash past in a steady stream of smiles. Clear as a bell, I can hear the laughter of my own children as they hop out of bed on Christmas morning, so excited they can hardly wait to open their stockings! And, now, the squeals of my children’s children, so far away and yet close as FaceTime, wing across the miles as they open their long-distance gifts. I am reminded of what Augusta E. Rundel said; “Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” No wonder I can’t get to sleep! Over the years, I have loved a lot!
Yes, Christmas is for children, and for the child that lives on inside our adult bodies, always surprised to realize that that face they see in the mirror belongs to them. But, like Charles Dickens said, “It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” I wonder what memories of Christmases past run through Jesus’ mind on the eve of his birth? Does he lay awake, too, remembering everything he has ever loved? Does he think of you? And of me? I’d like to think so.
I smile, and sigh, punch my pillow and snuggle down in the covers. Tomorrow will bring a new memory to add to the ones I treasure tonight. The angels are singing. The stars shine bright. Sleep comes, at last. The Christmas Child lives on.
May the memories you make today bring you joy in all your tomorrows.
Merry Christmas! Pastor Barb <><
For unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given. Isaiah 9:6