Christmas Visitation

Lately my life has been like sitting under a canopy out in the middle of the desert, beside a dirt road.  Time ekes by very slowly as I wait for the bus to come by to pick me up and take me away from there, but the bus doesn’t come.  So I sit and wait, the air terribly still and stifling, the road quivering in the heat.

I know, it’s a strange image.  But in the middle of my virtual desert, something quite real and lovely has been happening lately.  I have been waking up often in the middle of the night with a Christmas carol running through my mind:

God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day,
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray:
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

I don’t wake to the tune, just the words, and they are quite powerful.  The words of an Angel: “God’s Rest“…like a benediction blessing.  How can I rest? I ask.  The answer comes softly, immediately: “Don’t be dismayed…Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day!

Ah, yes, Immanuel, God with us.  God with me.  As close as my breath, closer even.  A smile fills my heart and crosses my lips.  I snuggle my husband, skin over bones, for I want to impart this gift to him, too.

The gift?  Knowing that Satan’s power has been crushed…the power of fear and of death.  We had strayed for a time, but now we are on the road that leads Home.  That is the benediction, the blessing that comes to those who trust in Almighty God who uses Earth as His footstool, yet fills my lungs with praise in the darkness of the night:

O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!

3 comments on “Christmas Visitation

  1. Your insights are very uplifting. Rather than cursing the darkness, you indeed light a candle. The assurances of hope and salvation should be celebrated everyday, not just on Dec. 25th.
    Excellent post, Mrs. Siino. In fact, I will light a candle daily as a reminder of God’s presence everyday in all situations. I can feel the comfort and peace usually reserved for December, right now on August 26. Thank you for keeping up your posts. And praise the Lord for inspiring people like you to reach out to remind us of His constant loving presence.

  2. so lovely, Denise…I never considered that Christmas song as a “year round” message for my soul…and now I can, thanks to you. so glad you are still writing, for self and others. I have a personal blog created a year or so ago. I haven’t shared it with anyone and I post only praise and worship thoughts. It is a discipline because it is easy for me to make stuff about me. It reminds me a bit of a journal I started years ago before computer journals. It has clippings from old bulletins, magazines and the like. Some times I go there as a jumping off place to worship or write. I have no idea where you are living these days. It was funny. When I began reading your thoughts I wondered where in the world you were. Really like your heading with your name and pen. Hope our Facebook connection will be the beginning of many times to share. HIS blessings of grace, mercy and peace to you. Gini

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