Christmas is just three weeks away. The thought scares me really. There is still so much to do. But in the midst of all the busyness, I feel the need – this year more than ever before – to feel the Christmas story. I’m getting too caught up in the activities of the season.
The first Christmas brought God to earth, in the form of a perfect baby. He came in the most humble way possible. Yet we celebrate with extravagance.
That first Christmas brought us incredibly good news, but we try to share it in just a few lines on a Christmas card.
The first Christmas didn’t describe a fancy dinner. Mary and Joseph probably shared cold bread, and whatever else they were able to pack for their long journey. We celebrate Christmas with a fancy meal complete with candles, fancy china and incredible desserts.
That first Christmas showed us joy in the birth of a savior, but we get our joy in the opening of gifts we are paying for with a credit card.
God’s gift of Jesus was the greatest gift ever, yet we try to out-do the gifts we gave the year before.
This year, I want to relive the Christmas Story in my heart, every day of the season. God’s gift of our precious savior is all the Christmas we really need. The rest is fluff. I’m not saying that fluff is wrong. I just don’t want so much fluff that the real message of Christmas is blocked out.
I know it’s busy. I know we have more things to do than usual. But take just five minutes. Recall the Christmas story, and worship the one who made it all possible. There’s no reason to wait for Christmas Eve to worship.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Blessings on your day.
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