Compassion International

IJM

Ray of Hope

OneVerse

Aaron Shust Partners with OneVerse.org

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holding On To A Moment

I don't really have a point to this blog except to stamp a moment in time and share it with you.

It's officially Christmas Eve in the Eastern Time Zone of the United States, 2:11am to be more precise. My wife and I finished wrapping all the presents we lavished on our boys (too many...just little things mainly, but a lot of things to open...the joy of watching them receive is more a gift to us I'm sure...but that's another blog) and for the rest of my family. We watched the tail end of the 1999 A Christmas Carol and the Nativity Story twice before we finished wrapping. We wrap slowly. And now I should be in bed. I need to shower first and we plan to get up at 6 to make sure we are all prepped when Daniel wakes up and walks downstairs. I'm looking at 3 hours of sleep...but the only lights on in the house are the tree and the mantle above the fireplace. All is quiet except for the clock on the wall and I just can't bring myself to sleep yet. I love how we mark this season. It's truly beautiful to me. The Music, the food, the movies, the decorations, the candles...and we do it all (except for the lights on the outside, never got around to that) but I certainly don't think we allow it to take our focus away from The Real Reason like pop-Christian-culture seems to be trying to tell us we do.

All these things mark the season. Just like pumpkins in October, Turkey and Pilgrims in November, Blueberry pie and fireworks in July and Shamrock Shakes from McDonalds in March! December is just my favorite and I'm a little sad when it has to end, the tree comes down and I don't replace it with anything. But the absence of the things that mark only make them sweeter come next December 1st. The beautiful truth is that our God is with us Jan 1-Dec 31, our God made flesh, our God come to live among us, our God who bought us back to Himself!

Redemption. What an incredible and beautiful concept.

And what a beautiful night. :) Thanks for listening.
Merry Christmas!
Aaron

3 comments:

Melody Joy King said...

Merry Christmas to you too Aaron, Sarah, Daniel, and Nicholas! I pray God's richest blessings on you in the coming New Year. I too was up quite early this Christmas Eve......this will be my husband Justin and I's very first Christmas together! :0) I am so thankful and excited for all that God has in store for us this day and this coming NEW year! Speaking of redemption.....every January 1st, as sad as I am to see December and Christmas go, I always have this excited anticipation for the new year. I love that whole "clean slate" concept. As Anne of Green Gables so aptly put it, "Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it." That's how I feel about each new year. It's new, it's clean, it's white, it's pure. Just the way God sees us the moment we come to Christ! Once again, God graciously grants me yet another opportunity to take one step closer to heaven, coming to a greater understanding of who He is, falling more in love with Him, changing, learning, and growing. All the while bursting at the seems with the boundless joy that comes from knowing that no matter what happens in this life, I rest securely in the arms of the one who holds me, knows me, loves me, and will never let me go! :0) Thanks for the impact you've had on my life Aaron, over the past 2 and a half years. I know I don't know you personally, but because God has used your music to impact me so deeply, I feel as though we are comrades in arms so to speak. You are my brother in Christ, and my daily encourager. God has used you and the words and gifts he's given to you to "carry" me through the toughest two years of my life. Thank you (and Sarah) from the bottom of my heart for being willing and giving up so much time with your precious family to do what God has asked of you. This heart has been forever changed as a result. Merry Christmas and a blessed, redemption filled New Year to you and yours! MJK

Dan Gross said...

Well said Aaron. It seems sometimes the people most lacking in the Christmas spirit are those who spend their energy complaining about "Happy Holidays" and the lack of focus on "The Real Reason." I see people in the spirit of giving, in celebration, in appreciation for what they have. I still hear a lot of people saying "Merry Christmas," including folks who don't otherwise openly profess their beliefs. I see joy in the eyes of children at seeing Christmas light displays. Christmas IS IN all those things. Embrace everything about the holiday that brings joy, including staying up until 2am wrapping presents!

Hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas. Thank you for your music and all the ways you give back to your fans. May God continue to bless your ministry!

Bonnie Muchacha said...

Bible Scholars know for certain that Jesus ,Our Lord and SAVIOR was ACTUALLY BORN in the EARLY Autumn , but we put up with the date set for us > December 25th ! I often think about what JESUS would want for His Birthday ! Wouldn't He want us to LOVE EACH OTHER MORE and LOVE HIM with all our Hearts , Souls , and Minds ? He only wanted us to remember Him when we celebrate Holy Communion , together but He Must BE SMILING AT US , as OUR FAMILIES GROW CLOSER TOGETHER Over the Holidays ! Let's all pray for God To Give US a Good Coming Year , and request His DIVINE PROTECTION To Always Be Around US . >>> HERE'S Another thought to Ponder , God never actually had a Beginning ... and He will never have an end to His Existence .. and Where did He Come From ? Did He Create HIMSELF ? There's so much we'll NEVER know ! But we are grateful and very glad this CHRISTMAS SEASON that HE LOVES MANKIND VERY TENDERLY and DEEPLY !!!!! God the Father , wrapped up JESUS in swaddling clothes and sent HIM TO US for an EVER-GIVING CHRISTMAS PRESENT To Us , Forever ! It Baffles our Minds !