Oh Come, Let u Adore Him

O come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Yes Lord, we greet Thee
Born this happy morning
Jesus to Thee be all glory giv’n
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

( Author: John Francis Wade)

It’s that time of year when we’re generally joyful. Are we overall triumphant? That remains to be seen. Ultimately, we are eternally triumphant because of Christ . But I’m not sure we’re leaving triumphantly in the here and now.

I feel like it’s all too easy to get caught up in all the fun, the celebration, the spectacle.

And to loose sight of the miracle.

Or maybe it’s just me.

I was getting ready to do a Gingerbread Themed photo shoot, and I paused momentarily. Evergreens, bright lights, gingerbread houses… I adore all the sights and sounds of the season.

And yet, they have absolutely nothing to do with what I love most about Christmastime. The fact that God condescended to become a baby, to save a world that didn’t even know it needed Him.

That’s amazing. That’s the literal Christmas Miracle.

But while it’s the most wonderful news, it’s aesthetic isn’t quite as beautiful, awe inspiring, or Instagramable.

An Unwed Teenage Mother, living in Poverty. an overwhelming tax burden, by a Conquering Enemy that ruled with an iron fist.

A dirty barn. With animals and all the usual animal smells.

Being misunderstood.

Being ignored.

No room in the inn. A world too busy with its own concerns to welcome the Savior of the world.

It wasn’t documented by a camera.

For me, a photographer with a blog, the question arises- how to convey some of the very real meaning behind the holiday?

And , how does one even begin to convey some of these images?

Most people want to view beautiful images.

Or, images that make them feel something.

And frankly, I want to take beautiful pictures, and candid photos that capture the moment and evoke emotions.

Holiday houses are beautiful, Christmas decorations are festive, baking cookies are fun..

But I still haven’t arrived at infusing the deeper meaning behind the season.

And frankly, I’m not sure if a Gingerbread photo shoot is a self indulgent waste of time, something fun that has no real value, or something that could potentially encourage someone else.

Maybe it’s both.

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