‘The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.’
Preparing for Christmas
In the basement, behind the furnace, tucked against the wall lies the Brown’s Family Christmas. Decorations. Storage boxes. Christmas Trees. Lawn lights. All of it neatly sorted and stacked at the end of last Christmas. Soon it will be time again to adorn the house with Christmas cheer. The lights will go in the lawn to shine upon the beautiful Creche that is proudly displayed front and center of our home. The Peanuts Gang will have their place of honor in the foyer with their own tree. Our two Advent Calendars (one for each girl) will go in the dining room to help count down the days. Finally, the Christmas Tree will go up in the family room with each ornament having a story and memory to share.
Every year, just like the Browns, Christmas causes us to make room in our homes and schedules. Our schedules are disrupted as we get ready to celebrate and find ourselves busy with decorating, events, and gatherings. So much for the daily routines! Over the next several weeks life will be like a whirlwind. And because of the craziness, too often, we lose room for Jesus in our hearts. With rushing around, pushing to get more done, and trying so hard to make people happy the true meaning of Christmas is lost.
As the angel proclaimed, ‘I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.’ This is why we do all that we do at Christmas. This is the reason we dig out the decorations, address the Christmas cards, bake the cookies, and search endlessly for the perfect gifts. We celebrate that God came in the flesh through the gift of Jesus—Emmanuel—our Lord and Savior.
I invite you, as you prepare for Christmas this year, to make room for Jesus. Make room for Jesus by talking to Him in prayer. Make room by opening the Bible and reading the Christmas story. Make room this season by remembering and reflecting on why Jesus came and what He has done for you. Make room each week by coming to church to learn more about Jesus and be around God’s people.
Don’t allow the craziness that surrounds this season to draw you further away from God. Instead, come and see, what Christmas is really about by knowing the peace, joy, love, and hope that only the babe of Bethlehem—Jesus Christ—can give.
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