Behold Christmas — What Do You See?

There is something so motivational (and yet ominous) about the truth that we become like what we behold.

In the routine of life, I may go through days half asleep. Or worse yet, I may come to the startling realization that I’m paying attention to all the wrong things. This is why I am thankful every Christmas that the message of the angel in Luke 2 trumpets an invitation to me to turn my attention to that which is most consequential — beholding the glory of God:

“Fear not, for BEHOLD, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people . . .” (Luke 2:10).

Surrounded by a multitude of the heavenly host, these shepherds were eye-witnesses to the glory of the Lord, shining all around them.

Me too! But not only during the Christmas season.

I see the truth of this in Psalm 19:

“The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies show forth the work of His hands.”

All my senses become partners with the eyes of my heart in perceiving the glory of God through the physical world, through my circumstances and through the people God brings into my life.
I hear the doubters in the courtroom of the internet crying: “Objection! Those shepherds had an advantage! Angels don’t show up every day!”

Objection noted.

But don’t wait for angels.

Begin today.

Behold.

Pay attention to God showing up in your “days of mundane faithfulness,” * and hear the message in your heart: Behold the glory of God.

C.S. Lewis told a story from his own life about perspective, and it demonstrates how paying attention with our eyes helps us to see the glory of God:

He was standing in a dark toolshed. The sun was shining brightly outside, and through the crack at the top of the door came a sunbeam. Inside, the toolshed was still pitch black, so when he looked at the beam, all he could see was dust floating in the sunlight.
Then he changed his perspective. He adjusted his position so that he was looking along the beam, and instead of darkness and dust, he saw green leaves moving on the branches of the trees outside. He saw the sun itself, ninety-three million miles away!
Looking at the beam and looking along the beam are two very different experiences.

This Christmas, I want to look along the heavens, to behold the velvety black sky and the cold shimmer of starlight, and to hear their proclamation that God is glorious!

I want to look along the carols and the decorations; along the gifts and the parties with beloved family and friends.

I want to listen to the message of the angel, to open the eyes of my heart –and behold the glory of God.

*(Martin Luther)

 

 

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Michele Morin

Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for over 25 years, and their four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

10 thoughts on “Behold Christmas — What Do You See?”

  1. What do you see? I love that question!
    I read this over at the blog. It is important to keep our hearts and mind in the right place and focused on Christ.
    Hugs and Blessings to you.

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  2. I appreciated looking at this word ‘behold’ a bit. We read it so much it gets glossed over or forgotten! God has given a gift, the beholding is still our choice and responsibility… to look, to see. Thanks for that reminder!
    Carolyn
    Perspective

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  3. Behold…what a beautiful word and one which I rarely think about. I want to behold the glory of the Lord and be in this moment and each one thereafter. Thank you, Michele, for this thought provoking insight.

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