Christmas comes in winter, and many love the sight of a snowfall just in time for Christmas Eve. “I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas” is the song of many hearts. Decorations of snowflakes and snowmen appear everywhere, too.
Today, the snowflakes remind me of meditating on God, letting our soul settle down in the light reflected from thousands of crystals of snow, as weightless on the air as feathers. The silence of that scene as snow covers all in a white frosting, makes the details fade and the outline of each shape underneath its layers all the more noticeable.
Rain has sound, wind has sound, but snowflakes fall silently, and when I thought of how we discover more of God, I thought of the fact that we must quiet our hearts. Softly, like a snowfall, we let our hearts watch and wait for more of God’s presence in our awareness.
It seems like all the busy activities, competing specials, and sounds of the season are pushing in, distracting us with something we want to do, want to eat, want to start, want to finish. It’s always something!
But God came on a very quiet night, in a very quiet way, that first Christmas, and that is often the way we can be free to experience his presence: in quietness.
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
â€œBe still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!â€
We don’t all experience snow, but we can experience the soft quiet of waiting on God. sitting and thinking about him, wondering about him, thinking about the miracle of Jesus birth.
When we end our Advent devotionals, we sing ‘Silent Night’ which is probably the most loved Christmas carol of all.