On this December night

December 24, 2012 at 11:29 PM by Susanna

 

I am not skilled to understand
What God hath willed, what God hath planned;
I only know at His right hand
Stands One who is my Savior.

 

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Our little house is full of children.

Some are sleeping.

Some should be sleeping but are eager to take part in the preparations.

One is next to me wrapping a gift for the big brother whose name she drew.

Another is setting the table with our wedding china and best silverware.

The air is comfortably scented with spicy candles and the cinnamon pecan sticky buns Joe is putting together for our traditional breakfast.

Our rooms are lit by soft lights.

 

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The boy-child within me moves vigorously.  The children who most love to take turns feeling their little brother kick are sound asleep.  So I have him all to myself, mama and baby.

“Of the Father’s Love Begotten: A Contemplative Christmas” plays quietly and peacefully in the background.

 

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All the while,

The world cries out in agonies of pain.

 

Suffering…

Loss…

Grief…

Misunderstanding…

Confusion…

Conflict…

Struggle…

Failure…

Sin.

 

 

But none of these words

Is the final word.

 

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Because…

The people sitting in darkness have seen a great light.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend  it.

 

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There is hope.

 

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope;

For why does one still hope for what he sees?

But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

 

Hope?

 

You mean like, “I hope we get snowed in at least once this winter?”

Or, “I hope they can learn to get along with each other, some day?”

Hope that is based on a future uncertainty?

 

No.

 

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

 

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Suffering.

Loss.

Grief.

Misunderstanding.

Confusion.

Conflict.

Struggle.

Failure.

Sin.

 

None of these words is the final word.

We have life.

Light.

A sure and certain hope.

Because God has already had the last word.

 

Jesus.

 

Our hope is in You.

 

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On this December night,

Because of Jesus,

We have joy.

 

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Within a crib my Savior lay,
a wooden manger filled with hay,
come down for love on Christmas Day:
all glory be to Jesus!

Upon a cross my Savior died,
to ransom sinners, crucified,
his loving arms still open wide:
all glory be to Jesus!

A victor’s crown my Savior won,
his work of love and mercy done,
the Father’s high-ascended Son:
all glory be to Jesus!

 

 

 

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13 Responses to “On this December night”

  1. Becky says:

    You started and ended this post with some of my favorite lyrics.  Beautifully said.
    Hope! He is real….He is present….He is love.

  2. Miriam says:

    Beautiful start to my Christmas day. Thank you, Susanna for saying it so well, and for the beautiful pictures.

  3. Nicole says:

    Thank you for sharing your christmas magic !

  4. Cinderellamommy says:

    Merry, Merry CHRISTmas!

  5. Kim says:

    So blessed!!  Merry Christmas! 

  6. hsmominmo says:

    We have joy, yes, because there is Hope. Beautiful post. Thank you.
    and Merry Christmas!

  7. Jen says:

    Merry Christmas Mussers!!
    Joy indeed!
    We love all the pictures that came on the email.  I think this is the first time I have noticed that Katie is nearly a full head height above Verity. 

  8. Missy says:

    Merry Christmas to all of you! I just went back and read Katie’s Christmas post from last year. Wow what a difference in both girls in one short year! Katie still had the feeding tube and Verity looked like a baby. Katie wasn’t sitting up on her own and look at her standing at the piano! Such joy. I hope you enjoyed those sticky buns. Mmmmmmm

  9. Susan says:

    Thanks for sharing!  I didn’t read it until the day after Christmas – nice to think about it all over again.  I love the pictures of the younger girls.  God has richly blessed them and given them a special joy all their own.  May God continue to guide you and your family in 2013 has HE has all along.

  10. I love Katie’s interest in Verity when she’s sad. Only my Julius shows concern over another brothers sadness. And yet he’s also quick to strike out at the same brother who just cried. But I’m encouraged that he notices our emotions.
    The girls are adorable as always! After seeing your two 10 year olds, my 9 year old now wants a picture with her 9 year old brother Noah. Noah is even 2 weeks older than her!
    (((HUGS))) 

  11. Susanna says:

    I’d love to see that picture, Elizabeth! Katie has just within the last couple of weeks begun to show concern when she hears Verity crying, rather than just laughing at the auditory stimulation. We’re encouraged by this, too!

  12. Mollie says:

    YES!! Such wonderful news! We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers

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