Happy Christmas, my friends!
It’s been a beautiful month of lights and music and books and worship. Here’s my list of favorites:
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
I know I’ve listed this book twice now on my Smiles list. But I finished it this week and the greatness can’t go unannounced. Here’s an especially lovely paragraph:
“They seemed to have left winter clinging to the hills behind. Here the air was softer and warmer, and faintly scented, as if spring was already stirring and the sap was flowing again in herb and leaf. Legolas took a deep breath, like one that drinks a great draught after long thirst in barren places. “Ah! The green smell!” he said. It is better than much sleep. Let us run!”[i]
For The Church mini conference
Our church hauled a vanload of people to Illinois on December 10th for a mini conference hosted by For The Church. There’s so much I love about FTC (the ministry of Midwestern Theological Seminary). Speakers Jason Allen, Jared Wilson, and Noah Oldham each impacted me with the gravity and importance of studying God’s Word.
Sweaters are a lovely thing this time of year. I’m wearing one now, in fact.
The Nativity Story movie soundtrack
I love movie soundtracks, and especially this one—with an eastern flair and touches of Christmas. The Nativity Story is my all-time favorite Christmas movie.
My read-through-the-Bible plan doesn’t allow for oodles of study time. I read through Psalm 119 in a few days, but knew I wanted to go back and dig deeper. I couldn’t believe how many times the Psalmist refers to God’s Word, testimonies, truths, commands, statutes, and law. It’s 176 verses of pure delight in the Scriptures. I want to have that same Bible joy.
What’s on your December list of smiles? Tell me about it in the comments below!
[i] J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers (pg. 16)