Have a lovely homeschool; have a lovely Christmas!
How are your Christmas preparations going? With the holiday in the air, how is your homeschool faring?
I have a friend from England who calls things *lovely*. If the day is going well, it is a *lovely day*. If she wishes you a merry Christmas, she says to have a *lovely Christmas*.
She also can use the word *lovely* in a sarcastic manner. An unfortunate mishap will earn the remark *LOVELY!*
Lovely Homeschool Days at Lovely Christmastime
We all have them: Lovely homeschool days when things go right and the house is at least somewhat decorated for Christmas. The children are nestled here and there reading, working out math problems, memorizing vocabulary words. Maybe we have Christmas music softly playing in the background and the promise of baking Christmas cookies during lunch break.
Once upon a time the shepherds had a lovely Christmas day. They were working their evening shift. Nestled here and there with the sheep. Then there was a lovely announcement from the angels and lovely Christmas music!
Messy-lovely Homeschool Days and Messy-lovely Christmastime
But truthfully, there are so many homeschool days during the holiday season when I’ve thought my English friend’s sarcastic *LOVELY!*
Those are the kind of messy-lovely homeschool days when one kid is being stubborn. (That week’s vocabulary word for stubborn was “obdurate” I think.) And that’s not all… Another one spills his milk and cereal on his math workbook. The other accidentally deletes his ebook from the desktop. There are remnants of yesterday’s craft project all over the living room floor. *Lovely, just lovely!* On days like this I get the honor of practicing the fruit of the spirit: Self-control.
I wonder how close Mary and Joseph came to feeling *LOVELY* when they arrived in Bethlehem exhausted, footsore, and travel-dirty from their long journey from Nazareth. I wonder how much Joseph had to practice self-control when he found there was no room at the inn. How wonderful that soon after not finding room in the inn, their Father God gave them a truly lovely Christmas in a quiet stable for the birth of Jesus.
Healing and Redemption on *LOVELY* Days
God sent Jesus to us for healing and redemption.
When we have our family Advent wreath time, the kids share favorite prophetic verses from the Old Testament about the coming Messiah.
One of our favorites is Isaiah 53, especially verses 4-5 (when they were young, they didn’t memorize the longer passage).
Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (KJV)
God is in the healing and redemption business. Healing and redemption on lovely days that don’t feel lovely, those *messy-lovely* days that we have to practice self-control. After I’ve graciously (with God’s help and mercy) addressed the obdurate child, cleaned up the math workbook, and contacted the publisher of the deleted etext, I can shake it off and look for something good, something redemptive. It’s there.
From the moment of Jesus’s birth, there was healing and redemption…even down to redeeming a very tough day for Mary and Joseph. It was a lovely Christmas for them back then. It will be a lovely Christmas for us this year.