Friday, December 11, 2009

The Most Wonderful Time

Our journey to the manger has begun. We are like the wise men who traveled months to see and honor the Christ child. Day by day, hour after hour, the next two weeks will bring us ever closer to the morning when we celebrate the birth of our Savior and King.

What we do between now and then will make a difference both in our lives and to those around us. Do we find ourselves rushing everywhere? Are we running from store to store, quickly buying presents for everyone and bags of food for the Christmas meal? Or are we frantically decorating our houses, inside and out, with lights, tinsel, garland and trees? We might even be getting ready to visit loved ones far away so we are hastily packing the car and our suitcases.

In all of the chaos, we can easily forget the peace and joy that Jesus brought to the world. From the time He was born until His death, He showed us how to live. He was never anxious, in a hurry, or worried. Neither did He rush from village to village trying to heal everyone. Nor did He wonder if He would get everything done by a certain time.

This time of the year, in many ways, should be the most restful and calm. We should be content and completely at peace because we know what Jesus' birth means. He was born in order that we would have true life now and forever. That should make us confident, sure and secure in Him. May you and I make the time this Christmas to go to the manger, just like the shepherds and wise men, to worship the great miracle of our salvation. Let us bow down and remain there for a while so we can really see Jesus for who He is.


eph2810 said...

Amen to that Denise. You know, I do my Christmas shopping online, because I can not handle big crowds or pushy people...But like you said, may we always be content and at peace during this precious season...

Peace & Love,

Love Bears All Things said...

It is all about Him!
Mama Bear

Wendy said...

Yes, how true. Thanks, Denise, for this "admonition"--need to hear it again and again, dear.

Cathy said...

Thanks for those wonderful thoughts, Denise.

Bernadine said...

As Christmas draws nigh and the hustle and bustle more overwhelming thank you for always pointing us to Him.