A song called “Take a Walk Through Bethlehem” was made popular on a 1994 Christmas album from Trisha Yearwood. It’s worth a Google.
One phrase still lingers in my memory: “‘Cause every heart longs for more than tinsel/ Something more than just a holiday/ Come and celebrate the baby King/ Let’s take a walk.”
Hmmmm. A lot is packed into these four lines.
Augustine said around 400 AD, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” Truly, our hearts were meant to beat for more than twinkly lights and roasted chestnuts. But, oh, how many seasons do I get myself so tangled in the tinsel as I find myself not walking —but rather sprinting— through the season.
Fifteen Christmases ago was my first as a married woman. I was planning to host my in-loves and my mother had traveled from South Carolina to Georgia to assist me in making final preparations. Frantically, I raced between the kitchen and dining room. After placing a casserole into the oven, I grabbed a bunch of bells of Ireland and began shoving them among the dahlias, roses, peonies and hydrangea in the blue and white porcelain container on the center of our dining room table.
Mother gently placed her hand on my shoulder and whispered, “Don’t forget Jesus.”
Looking at her quizzically, she confessed, “I used to do the same thing you’re doing. I got so caught up in making sure all the details of my centerpiece were perfect that I forgot to focus on the Center Peace of my life—Jesus.”
I had to check my focus again this morning. Lee and I have been away in Nevada for four days. Though the trip was lovely, I find myself trying to catch up. After all, there is buying and wrapping and meal planning and changing diapers and checking homework and…
There is Jesus.
Make Him the Center Peace of your life this Christmas season. Ephesians 2:14 confirms, “For He is our peace…”.
When Christ is at the center, our circumference will be secure and settled.