With only three more days until Christmas Eve, my thoughts go to Mary. The couple was on their way to Bethlehem….three days away. Was she nervous? Did she wonder if she would make it? Did she fret about the birth? Was the journey hard…uncomfortable….treacherous….emotionally and physically painful? I couldn’t imagine riding on a donkey being nine months pregnant.
With Christmas Eve only three days away, I think about my own “worries”. Should I still attempt to send out Christmas cards? Do I have the “perfect” gifts? Will I have time to wrap? Should I still try to make cookies? Oh, we haven’t made our gingerbread houses yet…..
As Mary contemplated giving birth to the Savior of the world, the Messiah, do we fret over silly things at Christmas? Have we become distracted by the details, instead of focusing on the Christ child?
This Christmas is very different for me. I am remembering (and missing) my father-in-law who went home to be with the Lord last month…
And, while I am so sad, I have reason to rejoice. I remember what the true meaning of Christmas is…
The “true” meaning of Christmas is not the pretty paper, the lights, the Christmas cards, the presents… The true meaning of Christmas is Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Son of God, choose to come to earth as a humble babe in a manager. He knew He would grow into a man to become sin, to die on the cross, to be our Savior, our Redeemer, our Messiah. He came to earth to fulfill the promise of everlasting life. He offers us hope, peace, love, and joy.
I pray this Christmas you will take a few moments to experience His love. I pray that you will ponder what Christmas means to you and your family. Remember that Christmas is the gift of eternal life.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…” James 1:17
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