In Advent Reflections

“In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

—Luke 1:78-79

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Last Sunday, I watched The Grinch who Stole Christmas, with my grown kids. As I sat on the couch, I teared up at a scene that comes near the end of the movie.

“Mom, you always cry at this part!” my oldest daughter said.

We watched as the mean-spirited Grinch stood on top of “Mount Crumpet.” His sleigh was packed with all the material treasures he had stolen from the town of Who-Ville.

The Grinch didn’t want Christmas to come. But as he waited for the sorrowful cries of the Whos’, the Grinch heard an unexpected sound. From the valley below, the Whos’ began singing with hands tightly clasped. In that moment, an x-ray machine took a picture of the Grinch’s heart, now magnified in size.

“Perhaps Christmas means something more.” the Grinch said.

On this day before Christmas, give the Lord permission to x-ray your heart. Let him show you what Christmas really means and let yourself linger in his presence. There might be “something more” that he wants to tell you.

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