Today's Devotional Thought
December 12, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
Last night, we went caroling with a big group of kids, youth, and adults from our church around our small town. We visited the home of several of our church members. We visited a new family in town. And, we visited people we know who are battling different illnesses.
The air was very crisp and the stars were out. The kids were singing with all of their might.
And, it was simply amazing.
We visited a couple of houses that just touched my heart. I can remember one older gentleman who stood on his front porch with a big smile on his face as everyone sang. He put his arms around two of the kids, one on each side, and just stood there smiling and singing along with us. I wish I could describe to you the smile on his face.
It was priceless.
It was the look of joy. And it touched my heart deeply.
You see, I went into the evening very tired and honestly, I wasn't looking all that forward to caroling. I wish I could tell you that I put my Santa hat on and raced out the door in eager anticipation of what a night of caroling would hold. But quite simply, I was tired from all of the Christmas festivities that I have been involved in and I was looking forward to a little rest at home.
And then the Lord touched my heart by the smiles on the faces of those we visited. As they sang along, took pictures of us, blew us kisses, and simply smiled with joy, I was reminded again of the true meaning of Christmas.
It really isn't all about parties and programs and presents. And as much as we enjoy those things (and quite frankly, create those things) as part of the Christmas season, it really isn't all about that. And I know we say that year to year, but there seems to always be a moment in the Christmas season where I "get it" deep in my soul and experience something God-sent to remind me of the majesty of Christmas. And, I am reminded to reflect on the birth of Jesus and to reflect him to others.
And I saw that last night when our singing touched the heart of some in our community. And in the midst of the holiday busyness, I found some real Christmas joy.
I pray that you are also able to find some Christmas joy in the faces of those around you. And if you have never been caroling before (I had never been), then I highly recommend it as a way to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and to reflect that to others.