The holiday season is upon us; we are starting to think about what exactly we are going to do for Christmas. In reality, many people are thinking of staying home and having a smaller than usual Christmas this year.
“And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:16)
We usually are busy with pageants, parties, shopping trips, baking days, and wrapping nights. There are people to see, places to go and stuff to buy. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season would generally knock the jolly right out of our holidays and replace it with a hurried up headache instead.
As a result, our calendars would become overloaded, crowding out the reason for the season. This year we have the time to focus on what Christmas is all about without all the distractions.
Have you ever wondered what the shepherds, the angels, the wise men, Mary and Joseph would have thought about what Christmas has evolved into? Everyone was in a hurry that very first Christmas. But, it was not to the mall or grocery store that people were rushing off to.
The shepherds worked in the fields when suddenly an ensemble of angels told them that Jesus had been born. Today’s Bible verse says they hurried off to find Jesus lying in a manger.
Being around a newborn baby makes us speak in a hushed tone and feel such awe as we see new life in the presence of Jesus, where they settled and were silent.
This year we have the opportunity to stop, leave our work, and be in our houses and slow down long enough to hurry in another direction. We have our activities on hold, so now we can quietly meet with our Lord. We can be settled and silent in the presence of Jesus.
As a result, we might discover an unhurried holiday: a season that will strengthen us spiritually and be refreshed by the company of the One whom the holiday is really about.
Will you spend time in Jesus’ presence this Holiday season?
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that I can focus on You this Christmas season. This may be the time I will know You more intimately. Because of Jesus’ birth, I have life in You. What an awesome time to reflect my new birth in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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