Snuggle In

It’s time to snuggle in our tents just like Mary did with baby Jesus.  In Luke 2, scripture tells us that Mary wrapped him “snugly.” There is nothing better than to snuggle in for a good night at home.  Especially with people you love, a fuzzy blanket, and a cup of hot chocolate.  When that perfect snuggle moment happens (maybe right after you have taken in your first deep breath all day) every thing in the world feels just right.   At that moment, you feel completely accepted and loved.

One for our favorite Christmas stories is by Max Lucado.  He writes a story about a crippled lamb.  The lamb grows up smaller than others, different than others and often last.  When the time came for the other lambs to move on to another pasture, the cripple lamb was left behind because he was not strong enough for the journey.  One night a new baby boy was born in the barn where the lamb stayed.  Because the lamb was at the right place at the right time, he had the opportunity to snuggle in with the new baby Jesus to help keep him warm.  At that moment, the lamb feels completely accepted and loved.

As we move closer to the “best holiday ever” in our tent, we are looking for ways to snuggle in to baby Jesus just like that little lamb.  We want to be at the right place at the right time even when we feel smaller, different, and last.  We want to snuggle in to the “best gift ever” of being accepted and loved.

For us, to snuggle in means being on the couch together to enjoy our favorite Christmas movies. By taking advantage of a slower schedule, we are careful to not over plan our way through Christmas. We also keep the fuzzy blankets close and the hot chocolate stocked.  It also means taking advantage of the season by putting ourselves in the flow of the Holy Spirit.  We use reminders of the ever green trees, twinkling lights, candy canes, presents, and never ending wreathes. They remind us of the everlasting pure light of Christ that is given to us through his sacrifice.  When we feel completely accepted and loved because of Christ, our joy is just contagious.

If you need permission this Christmas to snuggle in, you have our permission.  It’s good for the soul!

While Mary and Joseph were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guest room. Luke 2:6-7

From Our Happy and Snuggly Tent to Yours,

Meredith Bell

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