Sacred Moments Surrounded by Dirty Dishes

On one of the first mornings of December we weren’t running every which way, I found myself dancing in my kitchen surrounded by dirty dishes. Breakfast preparations still out. Mounting dishes from previous meals. An abundance of hosting items that had no room on my shelves. Last night’s make up still etched on my face and a myriad of pressing seasonal preparations to engage in.

But with my 9 month old and 2 year old in my arms a sacred moment it became.

As Chris Tomlin’s Christmas worship song rang out, Emmanuel, Emmanuel, God incarnate here to dwell…Praise God for the hallowed manger ground, we danced. I gazed at their smiles. I listened to their pure voices. Despite the mess all around, I was filled with joy and gratitude.

I imagine that this is what it might have felt like the night Christ was born. The scene wasn’t pretty. The place wasn’t cleaned up. The people around were distant and devious from the things of God yet it was a sacred, hallowed manger ground.

In the midst of the mud was a transforming message, Jesus Christ, God incarnate here to dwell. To step into our shoes. To show us love and grace despite our dirty ways. There certainly must have been much for Mary to ponder that sacred night.

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.