Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Christmas Inspiration

by Dina Sleiman

Isaiah 40:30-31 (New International Version, ©2010)

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I will continue celebrating Christmas and visiting with friends for several days to come. Today for our Sunday devotion, please enjoy this worship dance to one of my personal favorite Christmas songs, "Breath of Heaven." I  relate so much to Mary in this piece. Sometimes as we submit ourselves to God, we begin to grow tired and weary. But the Lord is faithful to renew our strength.

This dance really builds, so be sure to stick around for the beautiful ballerinas en pointe and the dramatic lifts at the end. I am the tallest candle dancer, my daughter is the blonde ballerina, and my husband is the gentleman who partners her.

Click here to view video.

What was your favorite Christmas present this year? What about a favorite Christmas song? Did anyone go caroling?


  1. Sorry everyone the link wasn't working earlier. Hope you can back and enjoy. As I was watching it, I was really moved by the contrast between the weightiness and weariness at the beginning and the lightness at the end after the angels had ministered to Mary.

  2. Thanks, Dina! This is lovely. Thanks for sharing this. I pray you're enjoying a blessed Christmas (I celebrate for all twelve days!).

  3. I love the heartfelt worship this conveys. I can imagine the Lord smiling!

    We all went to see the Narnia movie together! Loved it.
    That was my best gift- five almost grown up children all home for Christmas!

  4. I loved this. Breath of Heaven is a favorite! Isn't it just beautiful? Thank you Dina. There was a dance ministry at our last church and I miss it, so I'm glad to share in yours.

    Some of you know we did not exchange adult gifts, only gave gifts for the two little ones and I can certainly say that it was a wonderful Christmas because, as always, it's the family time and sharing meals together that make it so nice.

  5. Suzanne, celebrating all twelve days is a great idea. We pretty much do that too. My husband usually takes the week after Christmas off and we do a lot of visiting.

  6. Cheryl, thanks so much for the kind comment. I think God has a special place in his heart for dance.

    Narnia sounds like a great idea. Can't wait to see it.

    We still have one eight year old at my house who kept things fun, and also spent a lot of time with my niece and two nephews ages 2-7. Kids are so fun at Christmas.

  7. Deb, my eight year old son discovered this year for the first time that its more fun to give than receive.

    I confess, though, that we did adult gifts and enjoyed them. My family had a lot of lean years when everyone was in college, starting careers, dealing with student loans etc... I think this was the first year we all got each other gifts and it didn't cause any stress. That was special in its own way.

  8. I asked about favorite gifts, but I don't dare start naming favorites because they all came from different people. Some great ones were:

    A soft fleecy fuschia jacket,
    subscription to a cool Christian magazine called "Relevant", beautiful bracelet (pandora style, but not the real thing), Mary Kay face lotions (to keep that youthful illusion), a Skillet CD (rock on), and homemade wrapping paper hand drawn by youngest son.


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