Here are a few snippets from Scripture which “hint at” or exemplify an alternative way to enjoy Christmas, to transform the season into the Holy Days, instead of the Holly Daze.
Here are a few Scriptures where we’ll be anchoring our thoughts over the next several meditations.
- A Still Small Voice. 1 Kings 19:12. “And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
- Mary Ponders Her Complexities. Luke 2:19. “But Mary kept all these things , and pondered them in her heart.”
- Jesus Goes Into The Mountain To Pray. Matthew 14:23. “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”
- Jesus Encourages An Atmosphere Of Solitude. Matthew 6:6. “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
- Pray Ceaselessly. 1 Thessalonians 5:16.17.18. “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
- Commune Within Your Innermost Being. Psalm 4:4. “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still…”
- Be Still And Know… Psalm 46:9,10a. “He maketh wars to cease until the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in fire. Be still and know that I am God…”
- Peace, Be Still. Mark 4:39. “And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
This is reliable wisdom for any time of the year. Personally I don’t know how people are surviving spiritually these days without spending time in the Sacred Silence with the Lord. I know I need this one on one with God each day, so these are a few of the passages which inspire me to move into the silence. I hope they will help you as well with your personal prayer life, especially this time of year.
So let’s take it from the top – just shooting out a few thoughts on each of these. We’ll take them one at a time as separate articles: Into The Silence Parts 3 Through 10.
Hopefully this will suggest a new approach for this time of year, a gentler way to restore the Sacred within us and without us.
We’re reminded of that very old hymn which many of us have learned as children:
“Ah, Dearest Jesus, holy child
Make Thee a bed soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.”