The Warmth of Home and Christmas…

We blinked and winter was here.

Overnight, the long Indian summer we’d been enjoying disappeared.

The electric heater used in my office during the cold weather months was just rescued from the garage. My feet are thawing as we speak {or as I write}.

Thoughts of warmth have been coming at me from several directions this holiday season.

Right after Thanksgiving, I popped in a little gift shop owned by my neighbor and her mother. When I walked in, Neighbor said, “I noticed you had a crowd over on Thanksgiving evening.”

It was only our daughter and son, their spouses, and the two grandsons over to eat. I suppose the added cars in the driveway made it look like a crowd since it’s only Mark and me on a daily basis, and our cars stay in the garage.

Warmth of Home…

It’s what came next, though, that struck me. She said, “Everything looked so warm and inviting.” I’m sure I’ve never received a more touching comment about our home.

The truth is, I wondered why she would say that. See, there were no Christmas decorations out, yet. I’ve never been one to put those up until after Thanksgiving Day is over and done.

The flowers and greenery of summer were long gone. And other than the autumn Welcome sign hanging on the front door, things were looking pretty dreary.

What was it that made our house look warm and inviting that evening? It took me a while, but I think I figured it out.

It was the *presence*.

This time of year it’s more about the presents for most of us, isn’t it? The searching and buying and wrapping of…presents. But, what my sweet neighbor saw on Thanksgiving was presence. The laughter, blaring television, dirty dishes clanging, children fussing, and loved ones gathered. Presence.

His life is the light that shines through the darkness—and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1.5 TLB

Is your home warm and inviting? No matter what is happening on the inside, you can let the warmth of Christmas be felt and seen...While visiting my parents in early December, I got another lesson in warmth. A new calf was born while I was there. And the weather was rainy and downright frigid in south Texas.

About mid-day, we saw the baby calf lying on the ground, shivering profoundly. We’d not yet seen him feeding and, because he was his momma’s first calf, we were getting a little worried. {Okay, I was the one worried.}

My Dad went out and started throwing handfuls of hay all around the little calf. In just a few minutes, here came the big cows. Dad knew they would come to eat the fresh hay…and their presence would bring warmth to the baby calf.

Warmth of Christmas…

Later that day, Dad said to me, “Have you ever thought about the animals bringing warmth to the manger on the night Jesus was born?”

The One who was, in the beginning, and who came as the Christ-child…is light in the dark. Warmth in the cold. The ultimate presence. The gathering ’round of love in a frigid, dark world.

On the night the King of Glory arrived, Mary gave birth in a cold, smelly stable. Yet, the animals gathered around, bringing warmth and worship to this Son of God born in a manger.

She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. Luke 2.7 NLT

No matter what you call home this Christmas, make sure the warmth of Jesus is there.

His presence invites others to notice. The warmth of home and Christmas always outshines the darkness. And the world can never extinguish it.

The warmth of Christ shines on at Christmas…and always.

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