Several years ago, I was going through a tough time at Christmas. Chris chose to stay in Korea for Christmas instead of coming home to be with us. It was a very lonely time for me. A practice I started that year was to sit in the living room each night with the lights all out except for the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. The kids were all in bed and the house was quiet, making it a perfect time to be alone with God and my thoughts. That became a special ritual for me that I have continued each year.
Five years later, I still find myself alone in the evenings. And I still miss having a complete family for Christmas. After a busy day, I still cherish those moments of peace and quiet each evening to pray, to ponder my day, and to mediate on God’s gift of His Son.