25 July 2011

Christmas in July

Maybe the heat has finally just gone to my brain!

Christmas is five months from today.  I love Christmas.  I was married two days before Christmas.  For the past couple of years I have thought that I would like to set aside some time on the 25th of each month to prepare for the season.  I didn't have anything in particular in mind: maybe buy a stocking stuffer for one of the kids, set aside some money, work on Advent plans; I don't know.  Well, the 25th of January came. and went.  Then February. . . March. . .and now July is here, and I still haven't done anything.  However, while working the last three days so much in my kitchen (I am almost finished, yay!) I came across a little Christ Child votive candle holder that I bought last year, so during my prayer time tonight I lit it and prayed this prayer entitled Not Only Christmas Day:

Lord, this is my prayer
Not only on Christmas Day
But until I see You face to face
May I live my life this way:

Just like the baby Jesus
I ever hope to be,
Resting in Your loving arms
Trusting in Your sovereignty.

And like the growing Christ child
In wisdom daily learning,
May I ever seek to know You
With my mind and spirit yearning.

Like the Son so faithful
Let me follow in Your light,
Meek and bold, humble and strong
Not afraid to face the night.

Nor cowardly to suffer
And stand for truth alone,
Knowing that Your kingdom
Awaits my going home.

Not afraid to sacrifice
Though great may be the cost,
Mindful how You rescued me
From broken-hearted loss.

Like my risen Savior
The babe, the child, the Son,
May my life forever speak
Of who You are and all You've done.

So while this world rejoices
And celebrates Your birth,
I treasure You, the greatest gift
Unequaled in Your worth.

I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home Your Son,
"Come, good and faithful servant,"
Your Master says, "Well done."

And may heaven welcome others
Who will join with me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
Not only Christmas Day

~Mary Fairchild

I now return you to the heat wave.

1 comment:

Adrienne said...

What a lovely prayer. I adore Christmas! And like the idea of doing a little something every month on the 25th. What a gift to find a little something while cleaning to spur you along!