Christmas is such a wonderful time of year…! No matter what continent you live on, there are always thrilling Christmas festivities to be found in every culture around the world. Here in France, the local Christmas markets are a wonder to behold. Each year the decorations and the vendors are a little different, helping to entice people to stop by their stand and linger a bit. At the market, there are a myriad of possible gifts to purchase, roasted chestnuts to eat and chocolate samples to try. It makes for a really magical evening!
But as I think about Christmas this year, my mind isn't always focused on the events of the season that are coming ever so quickly. Instead, I am finding myself anticipating this coming Sunday when our church will begin celebrating the season of Advent. Each week now during our services, we will be reading passages of Scripture to remind us not only of our Lord's miraculous birth, but also of his Second Coming to Earth. And as my thoughts continue, I find myself imagining that I am like a child at Christmas time, only instead of sitting in front of a tree laden with gifts waiting to open that special surprise, I am instead in front of a frosty windowpane looking outside, anticipating my Savior’s soon arrival.
It’s true that women can sometimes be frustrated with their small children or grandchildren who will unintentionally place smudgy fingerprints onto their otherwise clean windows. (Who enjoys cleaning windows nowadays?) But what if we were like those children as we wait for our Lord? What if we were so excited about His return that we remained in front of the window gazing intently at the skies, so enthralled in the confidence of His coming that we pressed our faces to the window in anticipation?
Christmas ... As I am thinking of Christmas and all the festivities that come with the season, my heart and my mind are stopping for a moment and reflecting on a specific question. "What type of person do I truly want to be?" For me ... I want so much to be like that faith-filled child with my hands and nose pressed against that window, just waiting and watching - so close to the window that my fingerprints can be clearly seen!
Come join me ... Let's make a mess of those windows as we anticipate with expectant hearts that wonderful day that will soon be here! =)
What are we thankful for as we live and work here in France?
Most of all we are thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ and His great sacrifice for us that we might one day spend eternity in His presence. If we received nothing else in this world besides His forgiveness ... that would be enough!
Wife, mother, teacher & friend who loves to "do life" alongside others as we journey together in seeking to know God more fully and deeply. Feel free to join with us as walk through a few "French fields" ...
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