A Season of Wonder
Years ago, I purchased a book called The 12 Ways of Christmas. Each December I take the small volume from the shelf and read the familiar pages with renewed anticipation. The author shares brief essays on these subjects: wonder, sacrifice, humility, charity, creativity, simplicity, affection, reflection, giving, children, music, and tradition. As the days grow shorter, I find myself reflecting on various messages from the book amid holiday preparations.
This year it was the essay on wonder that caught my attention. I love the stories of Elizabeth and Mary and marvel at their apparent calm in the presence of divine messengers. I thought about the guests in the inn that had “no room” for Mary and Joseph. Did they sleep through the night? Did they hear the angels and wonder at their pronouncement? And me? I wonder how I would react had I been present in Bethlehem.
In this season of wonder, I wish for you moments of quiet reflection. Maybe you will even “wonder as you wander” your way to church or to a chair by the tree or in pursuit of one more gift. It is the mystery and majesty in the midst of a manger that captures my heart. As these days unfold, may it be the same for you. All of us at Aurora University send warm wishes and deep hope that your new year, our new year, will be truly wondrous.
Rebecca L. Sherrick, PhD