Christmas Sunrise

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Merry Christmas!

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. Of course I stayed in bed. My kids are older now so Christmas morning doesn’t start at 6 a.m. anymore. We actually had a family meeting to negotiate an 8:20 a.m. start time. (8:23 was even on the table.) As I snuggled under the covers with no hope of falling back to sleep, I thought of the sunrise. I realized I could watch the sun rise on Christmas morning.  I opened my blinds and waited for the first sign of pink. I grabbed my Snoopy blanket and headed out front for a better view.

The skyline glowed with a red-pink hue. The air stood still. The cold didn’t feel cold (thanks to Snoopy blanket for that I’m sure.) The wild thing was the silence. Not a sound anywhere. The birds weren’t singing yet. No dogs barked. Stillness. I thanked God for this moment of true stillness.

Eventually, the few streaks of clouds and trails from planes, started turning orange-pink. Then the entire eastern sky became aglow. I walked into the street of our cul-de-sac for a view without house obstruction. As I stood in the street, sounds began to start. A hummingbird flew by me making its odd clicking/chirping sound. A few other birds began to chatter. The neighbor’s rooster did it’s thing. (Today was the first time I actually liked hearing him crow. It set the mood.) The stillness became sounds. The glow became light and the sky became blue. I stayed a bit longer but the cold began to sink in. I think a small breeze even started to blow.

At one point in the stillness, I wished I had a camera. However, I resisted the urge to record this moment on my phone. I stayed in it and completely soaked it in. I savored each second of color change. I didn’t miss a single stroke of God’s handiwork. This scene He created especially for His Son’s birthday. I took mental pictures. I can see the red streaking through the tree branches when I close my eyes. I took emotional pictures. I felt loved and seen by God. As I praised Him, silently, for His creation and amazing gift of Jesus, He hugged my heart. I received it all. It has been a truly blessed Christmas morn and not one gift has been opened yet. Well, that’s not true. I received His gift of a hand painted sunrise and the unshakable knowledge that I am a fully loved child of God. Sunrise is my favorite gift of 2017.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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One thought on “Christmas Sunrise

  1. I saw that sunrise, too, Debbie, and did take its picture and posted it on twitter with lyrics from Think Joy! “Jesus left behind his glory, it’s the world’s best Christmas story!” Not too merry around here but this, too, shall pass. Merry Christmas and big hugs to you and your family.

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