It’s a curious habit of mine, but every year at Christmas, I latch onto a line of a treasured Christmas carol and I make it my mental bumper sticker for the holidays. Sometimes I will sign it on my Christmas cards, sometimes I just let it echo around in my mind, hoping it will act as a balm to soothe my weary head on chaotic December days.
One year, I was especially fond of the phrase, “Let every heart prepare Him room.” It went on all the cards. It’s a fabulous phrase from “Joy to The World.” Most of the time we sing that line and don’t even realize the wisdom it conveys. Another time it was “Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light” Another year it was “Westward leading, still proceeding.” I love that image; that the Star is still there, pointing the way to the Messiah.
This year the phrase leapt out at me while listening to MercyMe’s arrangement of “Little Drummer Boy.” It leapt and it just won’t leave me alone. I don’t want it to.
Then He smiled at me.
Then He smiled at me
He smiled at me.
I am smiling back.