On this Christmas Eve, when we want to be focusing on our Lord Jesus Christ, we were doing just that.
Only not in reference to His birth.

His mighty name was uttered many times in prayer on a road trip that took us almost twice as long as it normally does due to weather.

Nasty weather.

Stephen says it was the worst drive of his life.

The interstate was closed in the middle of our drive, but we were able to continue on to our destination.

And the Lord was with us every step of the way.

Calming our nerves. At times, even calming the winds.

Guiding us home through blizzard conditions that easily could have sent is into the ditch.

Along the way, we even saw two different lit-up crosses we had never seen before – signs of hope in dire circumstances.

The children were calm for the most part, which was a blessing in itself.

And now, this Christmas Eve, we are safe and sound and stuck – giving the Lord all of the glory for getting us here.

And ready to focus on Him as the reason for the season. As our Savior.

Merry Christmas and God’s blessings to each of you!

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:4-14