Lord, before this fleeting season is upon us,
Let me remember to walk slowly.
Lord, bless my heart with love and with quiet.
Give my heart a leaning to hear carols.
Grace our family with contentment,
And the peace that comes only from You.
Lord, help us to do less this busy season;
Go less; stay closer to home; kneel more.
May our hearts be Your heart.
May we simply, peacefully, celebrate You.
As we all take the final inhale before the rush that is the Christmas season, I am reminded of this lovely poem by Maryann Jindra. Composer Libby Larsen set these words to music some years back, and it’s one of my favorite choral pieces in the world.
I’ve always loved Christmas, and it’s even more precious to me this year. I’m not sure why, really — maybe it’s because it’s been a crazy year and I’m finally taking some time off; or the fact that I bought and decorated my first Christmas tree; or the recent horrible events in Connecticut; or that I’m finally growing up a little.
The holiday will be over quickly, and I’ll probably spend too much time worrying about travel plans and presents and all the stuff that doesn’t really matter in the end.
But until then I’ll be laying on the sofa with Best Friend, watching the Christmas tree sparkle.