The Active Christmas Presence

There’s so much excitement and joy we can experience when we realize the meaning of Christmas.

Of course, we wait for Christmas day in excitement for festivities, gifts, time with family, break from studies, sometimes work, whatever it may be, God so created us to have hope and anticipation in the times of waiting. I’ve found so much more peace and contentment for my soul in waiting as the Shepherds did for the first Christmas.

In the waiting, hoping, or expecting the God-given promise of our Savior to come, we can be just as excited, even thousands of years after the first Christmas. The bearer of all peace, the restorer of all despair, the finisher of all freedom and healing, is coming to be with us, to bring us life.

What I’ve been learning is that we don’t wait for Christmas or for this time of year to experience this anticipation, this excitement for God’s birth into our lives. But to celebrate His presence with us actively in every moment, waking up to the idea that every passing second is a new God-given mercy. We can become so blind to the simplicity of God’s constant giving, the unlimited gifts of the present.

Each breath is an opportunity to experience joy and peace that was freely given through the Lord’s most humble sacrifice, coming down from Heaven to live with us. Like the excitement and hope felt by the Shepherds receiving this news before Christ’s birth, we too can live each moment carrying this hope, this excitement!

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:22-26)

Through every breath we take, we are reliant on our God. We never tell our bodies to keep pumping blood or to keep breathing, but God graces us with each of these. How truly needy we are for Him. How much peace can you experience even now, recognizing the gracious gifts of your circadian breath? Recognizing that God is so much closer than we comprehend, His presence manifested as our living breath.

This term, circadian, came to me in meditation, my quiet time with the Lord. I visualized the endless loop of a circle as I considered each new, unique breath I took. The latin root of circa means “around”, and dian translates to “day” or “clock”. This is how constant we need the Lord, around the clock, 24/7! Beautifully, this is also how constant His gracious gifts are. How frequent He showers us with gifts of freedom and hope.

How actively Christ is becoming alive in every part of our lives, ready to comfort, befriend, and restore you.

We can trust and hope that the grace of His birth, death, and resurrection can be encountered in our lives every second. With this, I choose to rejoice in each of His days, not only in the Holidays. My prayer is that you encounter Him with similar joy, making it a circadian choice, in the light of His circadian and endless love for you.

His gifts and mercies are new each day and each moment. Seek His kingdom this way and you seek this life of joy and peace that the Lord has destined we live.