Yesterday in church we sang "O Come, All Ye Faithful", (1760)*.
Without a doubt, Christmas hymns are part of drawing near to the manger, for me.
I'm amazed that meeting with the Lord is possible in a crowded room when much
of my mind is swirling with to-do items.
"It's all about the inclination of your heart,"
has been our constant refrain to our teenagers,
always hoping they would incline their hearts to Him before any other.
If we incline our hearts, or draw near to Him, it's a done deal -
He draws near to us.
*1760 - WHAT? I'm profoundly impacted by the thought that hundreds of years ago, Christians were singing this new song and celebrating the birth of the Christ Child. This song is a link that spans the centuries. Click the link to get perspective on just how different the world was then.
**Photo - This cardinal posed in our burning bush, greatly slowed by the frigid temperatures, and I caught his best side. The December weather this year is almost balmy.