Quiet side of Christmas

annunciation
The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci (1453-1519) artist, inventor, scientist

Hello friends– For years we had a large print of this painting over our fireplace– The angel come to tell Mary of the arrival of the baby Jesus.  I love this story. The recounting is in the Bible’s book of Luke:

It starts with the angel.
“The angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary,…you will be with child and will give birth to a so, and you are to give him the name of Jesus.”

And ends with Mary.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered, “may it be  to me as you have said.”

So in the quiet moments of this Christmas, these are the words I want to think on, to hold dear.  God is with me in my fears (and I’m good at being “afraid”–for health of people I love, for security in retirement, for all that’s ahead…)  But I can rest unafraid.

And that, like Mary, I am the Lord’s servant, listening to him for guidance and direction– whatever comes.

Merry Christmas!  I hope your Christmas (and mine) is full of quiet moments to reflect and know God’s constant love.