Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Afternoon Tea

Merry Christmas!

I wasn't sure I was going to write a Sunday Afternoon Tea post as Christmas Day resides on Sunday this year.  However, I have been pondering and well... you know how that goes.

Although there were a few times this Advent season that I was really depressed (and aren't we all from time to time?), I actually had a lovely Christmas time.  I am so glad I decorated and read my favorite Christmas books and listened to the music of the Season and watched some Christmas movies (serious and absolutely dorky) and made that decision to embrace everything I love about Christmas.

Even if what I love most (the people) are not with me.  Well, except hubby, of course. But there were friends, including many of you, who ministered to me and offered your friendship... and helped me find that joy.

The most important part of Christmas after all, is the fact Jesus is always with me.  How can I know Christianity is real?  Because I know the Person... the Christ... the Messiah.  I don't doubt Him any more than I would doubt the existence of a friend I've only met through exchanging letters or e-mails.  Peace is a Person.

I was recently involved in some kind of busy work (I think it was washing dishes in the hot, sudsy water with Mrs. Meyers Iowa Pine scent) when the thought suddenly came to me that Jesus has been with me during past Christmas seasons in two different ways... one as anchor and the other as plumb line.

During the seasons of Advent when the storms of circumstances were such that I thought I couldn't stand, when the winds of adversity almost blew me over... it was Jesus the Anchor who held me sturdy and provided strength.  While my thoughts were on the Baby... the one who had been that Child was my Strength.

Then there were the various Christmas seasons when all was so good I was practically giddy with excitement.  The lights seemed brighter and the music more lovely and people were all nice... even in line at the stores.

It was during those seasons of Advent when Jesus was my plumb line... keeping me steady and looking toward Due North, reminding me the season was about Him and not a jolly elf or baking Christmas cookies or the sparkle of a Christmas tree.

Most of my Advent seasons have found me in the middle of the bell shaped curve (sorry, I am surrounded by statisticians).  They were my Goldilocks seasons when my circumstances were neither too hot nor too cold but "just right".   Christmas was just... good.

How amazing that 2,000 years after His birth, death, and resurrection... He remains the central focus of our history... His story.  Jesus divided history and our calendar... Before Christ or Anno Domini (in the year of our Lord).

That's why Christmas is my favorite time of year... when it seems Heaven is closer to Earth.

May you all have a delightful Christmas and I'll see you next Sunday... "God willing and the creek don't rise".


jAne said...

merry CHRISTmas, brenda.
thank you for these important truths.
anchor * plumb line
so blessed ..

Mrs.Rabe said...

I had a good Christmas season too - busy with many non Christmas related things, but not too busy to enjoy the lights, my tree, the time to drink a cuppa tea...

Have a wonderful day!


jemilyea said...

Merry Christmas! I'm mostly a lurker, but I want to thank you for your Sunday Afternoon Tea posts. I must admit I often skip the spiritual-musing-type posts on some blogs but rarely yours. You have a gift for showing your perspective on life and what Jesus means to you, and it has encouraged me this year.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Blessings and love to you and your my kind friend. Thank you again for all you do. :)

Heather L. said...

We barely escaped the stomach flu and had a wonderful Chrsitmas!!! Enjoyed the Queen's speech (Queen Elizabeth) and were amazed and delighted to find it was so Christ-centered this year!!!!

Vee said...

Well I do hope that He is willing and I would hope that the creek doesn't rise either. Odd, here we go again...I was just thinking about the differences between Christmases and chalked it up to my feelings/attitudes. Christmas absent of loved ones makes me cranky and Christmas with loved ones is enough whether there are a lot of gifts or a lot of food. Some years are Christmas light/lite and some are Christmas bright and it doesn't change Who He Is or why He came one whit. I'm so glad that you set your course and stayed it and it made all the difference even when half the family is well North of you. You celebrated Him.

(That S*hutterfly book was so wonderful. It really was my daughter's favorite gift of Christmas just as yours was for you.)

matty said...

Merry Christmas! Enjoy this wonderful season, Brenda!

Nellie said...

Brenda, what inspirational words! Christmas happens to be my very favorite season, too. What a special time it is to honor the birth of the Christ Child! Thank you for this reminder! I look forward to your next posting!

Anonymous said...

Amen! Beautiful post! Happy, Blessed New Year!

Anonymous said...

Brenda I surely hope you are just taking a blog break and not in any way sick. Also wish health and safety for your family naturally. You are part of our blogging family and naturally we all worry about you. Sarah