Today we're in a downpour. If we lived in a state that actually recognized winter as a season, it would be snowing and beautiful and fun for kids. But instead, its just cold and soggy and miserable. I don't like the rain. I look out my window and feel grouchy and sad.
But I woke up thinking This is the day that the Lord has made...I will rejoice and be glad in it.
And joy has been raining inside my house.
Giggles from kids playing, not fighting, sprinkled down for hours.
My husband, adorable in his knit beanie and PJs, made a fire in the fireplace, then made chocolate chip pancakes with the gigglers.
I sat making more gifts, working fabric and needle, watching a stream of stitches trickle with a therapeutic rhythm.
Mulling spices misted above the stovetop.
Chai tea spilled into white cups.
And Christmas music continued to pour fourth its blessing, one album after another.
This song, Eternal Gifts, by Leigh Nash is quickly becoming one of my favorite Christmas songs. Listen. It will warm your heart today.
And tonight, we were to have a party. An outdoor one. Thirty people, our friends, were coming. I am disappointed that it needs to be postponed.
But maybe, God has something else in store for this rainy night.
He loves surprises. He loves to rain down on us the thing we aren't expecting, until our cups overflow. We can never predict when He'll reach down, sweep our plans aside, and ordain a silent night. A holy night.
All is calm. All is bright.