Merry Christmas! Sue-sa-dye Noel! There is something so special about this year, that there are no words to describe it. God brought together four girls in a way that doesn’t have a word, but simply God Himself. The unity that we have is so incredible and what makes it that way is the power of prayer. The three girls I get to serve alongside are so beautiful and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. We’ve witnessed so much, we’ve shared so much, we’ve laughed uncontrollably, and we’ve experienced the presence of God so raw together.
Raw. Raw would be the best way I can describe last night to you. Cambodian Christians have their Christmas festivities every weekend throughout the month of December and don’t really make Christmas Eve and day as much of a big deal. We’ve celebrated six times already! In light of that, we had our own Christmas Eve service on our wonderful balcony. The same balcony where we shared snacks, laughter, joy, and our experiences with the Lord. Lighting the two candles we have, we placed them in the middle and passed around the Bible, reading Luke chapter two…only by candle light. And don’t forget the bugs that flocked to the candles. After reading, we went into worship and prayer. During that time, the Lord touched me in a way that I cannot describe. I had prayed, “Thank You that it’s not about the snow or even our families…but it’s about…Your Son…” and I lost it. I was speechless. We went into more worship and the lyrics to one song was “At the cross you beckon me. Draw me gently to my knees and I am, LOST FOR WORDS, so lost in love. I am sweetly broken, holy surrendered…” I was brought to tears. With the candles flickering, over a starry night, the four of us were crying out to our King. He slowed down time in that moment, it was just me and Him, and I’ve never experienced Him in such a raw way.
I have always known the true meaning of Christmas and that is Christ, but I have never experienced this and fully known it with my heart. I am so thankful that it is not part of the Cambodians’ culture to do something over the top on Christmas Eve. God wanted it to be just me and Him. He made it so clear last night. Genuinely, JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD HAS COME!