by Cathee Poulsen
- “It means that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.“
- ―Aslan describing the Deeper Magic (Chapter 15).[src]
- In the grocery store as well as the choral performance
- At the doctor’s office as we wait to hear the report on our test
- During the quiet moments we pour ourselves a cup of tea and admire the Christmas tree
Position Yourself to Hear
This month of December is a “time between times” when the old is passing and the new approaching. It’s meant to be a deeply spiritual time and if we turn our ears towards His voice, He will show us new things about Christ’s coming to us and tell us specific things to prepare us for the new year.
How do we position ourselves to maximize this time?
- Make it your aim to really simplify the way you celebrate Christmas this year. Here’s a great article with lots of suggestions to help you: The Helpful Guide to a Simpler Christmas.
- Set aside some time to learn about the meaning of the Advent Tradition.
- Buy a new journal and write a “Foreword” to 2017 in the opening pages. Reflect on 2016, it’s lessons, mistakes, achievements, joys, and then write about your anticipation for the new year.
- Buy an Advent Wreath and each Sunday evening light another candle and – with your family, spouse or friends – pray for the coming year and listen for what God may want to say to all of you.
- Reach out to someone who may be alone this year and include them in your celebrations.
- Write a special card to an old friend you’ve drifted away from over the last few years. Reconnect. Let them know you miss them.
- Carve out a time of solitude where you can ponder the “deeper magic” of a God who would become a man and break the curse so death could start working backwards.
If we, the self-proclaimed followers of the Prince of Peace, cannot manage to declaw the stress and anxiety of this busy season, and exemplify that “all is calm, all is bright,” what possible hope do we have of being a true influence for Christ at Christmas?