We are celebrating Advent. We are waiting for the Celebration of the birth of Christ. What is more beautiful than knowing that Christ is born in your heart. It is this wonderful feeling of peace.
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
It was the year 1989 and my husband and I were on a 4 year stay in Germany. We lived in the Algaeu, in the southwestern part of Bavaria. Winters there are normally true winter wonderlands but not this year. It was getting close to Christmas and there was no snow in the whole area. We had a Christmas vacation planned in a small town in Austria, in Seefeld, about a three hours drive from our home. We wanted to spend our last Christmas of our stay in Germany in this magical town in Austria. I was sure we would have a white Christmas.
We arrived in Seefeld on December 23rd, but there was no snow in sight. We stayed right in the center of town next to a beautiful Catholic Church. I had packed some Christmas decorations and off we went to find a little pine tree. We decorated it and our little tree was beautiful. All we needed now was snow. All day I prayed, please Lord, let it snow. I was not sure how important this was to our Lord, I did let God -Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- know that this was very important to me. There was no snow in the forecast and this is one of the favorite ski areas in this area.
After my husband fell asleep, I knelt by the window looking at this amazing clear starlit sky. I remembered the words from the Bible, “Ask and it will be given to you.” I pleaded with the Lord: “Please Lord, let it snow. This is all I want for Christmas.” I thanked the Lord and went to sleep.
I truly felt like a little girl when I got up in the morning and went straight to the window and lo and behold it was snowing and this truly felt magical. I said: thank you, thank you, thank you Lord. Our Lord answered my prayer. What magic there is in prayer. We then hiked all day in the snow.
After a wonderful Christmas dinner at our hotel that evening, with readings from the Bible in three languages (German, French, and English), we attended Midnight Mass at the Church right next door.
After mass the whole choir with trumpets, trombones and other brass instruments walked out into the town square, the congregation followed, and the music continued into the late night. Even the balconies around the town square where filled with musicians delighting the townspeople and all of us. This was pure magic. I could not have had a more beautiful Christmas.
Our Lord is faithful. ”Ask and it will be given to you.”
What a gift our Lord gave to us with the birth of his Son which we celebrate for 2018 years this Christmas.
“And the word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Jesus’ Birth Foretold
Luke 1:26-36 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord [e]is with you.” 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.
We wish you and your family a joyous Christmas and many blessings for a healthy, peaceful and happy 2019.
May God bless you.
Your friends in Christ, Brunhilde and Lubbo