It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is one of my favorite Christmas hymns. It paints such a beautiful picture of the birth of Christ while folding it into life on earth and life eternal. Have you ever really studied the lyrics? If you haven't, I would suggest you spend some time in the next couple of days reading over the lyrics and talking to God about them. The first verse says:

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold:

"Peace on the earth, good will to men, from heaven's all-gracious King." The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.

As a mom, one of my favorite times of the day is midnight into the early hours of the morning. I know that's not ideal for getting the rest I need, but there is something about the stillness of the night when all is calm and all is quiet.

When my children were babies, I would sometimes go into their rooms, gently pick them up and rock them while they slept. I would stare at their porcelain faces while watching their soft inhales and exhales. At times, I would get the joy of watching them, dream, giggle and sign in their sleep. Pure heaven!

Even now, although my children are no longer babies (ages 9, 7 and the twins are 5), I will still sneak into their rooms and watch them sleep while praying over and for them.

The midnight hour can be so clear. It's void of the loud distractions of the day, and it used to be when the televisions would turn off for the night. Do y'all remember when the TV stations would turn off at midnight? My, how things have changed!

It's debated if Jesus was born right at midnight or some other time after dark. It's even questionable if Jesus was born in December or in a by definition stable. This email isn't intended to dive into those details. Today we will look at His birth occurring at midnight.

What is midnight? We know it's "mid" night, the middle of the night. We also know it's when the new day begins. Clarity came to the world that midnight when Jesus was born. It was the ah-ha of ah-ha moments! The rest of the world was still and quiet in slumber (well, maybe not the whole world - time zones, right? But you get my drift here) when Jesus came to bring truth and hope for us all.

I want to encourage you this Christmas Eve to dial into the midnight clear focus of the next few days.

The midnight clear focus is being still, being present, and being on our knees praising God for this incredible gift we do not deserve.

If you feel yourself getting stressed about the ambrosia being too time consuming, running out of boxes, the kids going bananas, comments from family members, missing your family members who have passed on, all the way down to that person who cut you off in traffic, just stop.

Stop, take a deep breath and imagine yourself quiet in your home at the midnight hour. Imagine being present at the feet of this tiny baby who was born for you. Imagine offering care to Mary and Joseph after all they had been through the days prior to Jesus' birth.

Have midnight clear focus this weekend.

Be still, be calm, be present, be thankful for our all-gracious King.

Merry Christmas from my heart to yours.

In His Mercy,

** {If you are interested in learning more about working with me 1:1, go to my website to learn more and to schedule a complimentary clarity call} **

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