It snowed overnight in Knoxville and all across east Tennessee. It seems we’ve had a white Christmas, after all! It’s still Christmas, you know. Depending on which calendar you follow, the Christmas season ends either tomorrow, the Feast of the Epiphany (this year on December 8 in the United States), or next Sunday on the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. In some traditions, Christmas extends to the Feast of the Presentation, otherwise known as Candlemas, on February 2! So, by any of these measures, it’s still Christmas.
It doesn’t often snow in Knoxville. When it does, many things come to a halt. Even light snowfalls bring a delightful sense of fun, though, for a city unaccustomed to a blanket of white chill. Most of the main roads are clear, so people get out to the various city parks to sled down one of the many small hills throughout our roller coaster terrain. The Smokies are beautiful, if you can get to them.
Our evergreen Christmas tree still stands, a reminder of the season and the everlasting life it promises. Our creche is still out, and the three kings continue their journey across our bookshelves toward the manger, where Mary and Joseph adore the newborn Jesus. Warm and cozy inside, frosty white outside, hot chocolate in my belly, my wife and youngest daughter laughing over who knows what in the bedroom. I am blessed.
“A child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, from David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this!” Isaiah 9:5-6
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.