Where are you going for Christmas this year? Maybe you are going to visit relatives or friends somewhere in Nevada outside our beautiful Carson Valley, or maybe even in California. Or maybe you will stay in the Carson Valley and spend Christmas with those here that you love. No matter where, or with whom you spend your Christmas, my hope is that you will take some time for, as the saying goes, "peace and quiet."
There is a small boy named David who stood quietly for a moment in the snow in his backyard, looking up at the stars as they came out in a cold December sky. His mother had hardly ever seen him stand still so she slipped out of the kitchen door to be by his side. "All of those stars," he said. "They shine so. But they don't make a sound." The mother saw in his wise, honest, little-boy eyes the miracle of an awakening soul. He stood awestricken for a moment. Then he whispered to her, "I thought I heard them singing, sort of."
Maybe this quiet singing is how Elijah the prophet heard the gentle sound of God's voice according to the Biblical passage of 1 Kings, "The Lord said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper." (1 Kings 19:11-12, NIV)
So where are you going for Christmas this year? I pray that it is to the sound of the gentle whisper. The whisper of God in your life guiding you to be that love and peace to your relatives or friends. I pray that the gentle whisper of God's voice gives you the joy of that Baby Boy in your heart and that during those quiet moments of the busy Christmas season you hear all that God has in store for you and your loved ones.
Now I impart to you this quiet whisper from God that He loves you.
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7, NIV)
Pastor Jim Beilstein of Trinity Lutheran Church is a member of Carson Valley Ministers' Association.