there were babies dressed as mrs. claus (thanks for loaning the outfit, christa!). there were twinkling lights and rocking chairs and colorful stockings and peppermint treats. there were footie pajamas and circus tents and wrapping-paper tubes played as horns.
there were whirring toy helicopters and awestruck admirers and poinsettia casualties.
it was a very sweet day. i hope yours was, too. we celebrated Christmas with ben's family a few weekends ago. like a fool i didn't bring my camera then, so i tried to take a lot of snaps with my family yesterday. i was up very early with jane, and while she went back to sleep i sat in front of the bright Christmas tree and read about Jesus. i am so grateful for a Redeeming Christ who walked on earth in human flesh, reconciled us to God through his death, and makes all things new.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”