May we never lose our wonder

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year” πŸŽΆπŸŽ„πŸŽΆπŸŽπŸŽΆπŸŽ„πŸŽΆ

Is that just a song rather than a statement for you? Do the words jingle in your ear or jar in your throat?

Do you “wish it could be Christmas every day“?

Or does it feel like the most worry-full time of the year? The most work-full? The most weary-full?

Of course these aren’t true words, they’re words of my own making.

And so the circumstances I use them to describe can be of my own making too.

They are words and circumstances I’ve picked up for myself, I’ve made up in my head, I choose to speak out and I allow to be the louder voice in my head.

To be honest I can start using them at any time of the year but in December … I can use them with bells on!! Jingle bells at that!!

Do you feel the same?

Do you pile on the worry and work and get weary too?

Whose expectations are we trying to live up to?

Ours?

Theirs?

Or HIS?

The words of a song echoed in a quote have been reminding me what His expectations are …

May we never lose our wonder
May we never lose our wonder
Wide eyed and mystified
May we be just like a child
Staring at the beauty of our King

Cause you are beautiful in all your ways
King of Kings
You are beautiful in all your ways. (Bethel music)

“Part of the goodness of wonder is that it brings with it an awareness of the nearness of God. We see more clearly his presence, his kingdom, and participate in it more fully when we marvel at what he has created. If to worship God is to approach him, to wonder at God is to be conscious of his nearness.

Wonder isn’t about emotion, though it may elicit an emotional response. It isn’t about forced awe, either. Wonder is a natural outgrowth of gratitude, and it is itself a form or prayer to the God who created a world worthy of such wonder. We can find it in nature, in a great meal, in another person β€” these are all places where God’s goodness is reflected for us to enjoy and participate in.

My prayer is that I would choose to look for His wonder rather than just see all the work and worry and get weary. That I would see the wonder of Christmas rather than be blinded by the commercialism.

As the song also says “Open the eyes of our heart to see you God“.

In the simplest of pleasures and in the most unlikely of places.

May we never lose our wonder

I pray that as each of us symbolically opens the door to Him each day of advent, we would be increasingly

aware of His presence

conscious of His nearness

enjoy His goodness

and receive each gift He has for us (especially the ones we don’t feel we deserve).

May we be just like a child” – His chosen, beloved and treasured child.

And may it be just the start of a “most wonderful time of the year.