advent reflection ~ Day 26
“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.”
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.
Written by Nancy Jo Sullivan
Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.