This time of year can become very hectic very quickly. In the rush to find those perfect gifts, prepare for feasts, and make Christmas “the best ever”, we can so easily lose sight of the joy this season brings.
As I watch our children at church rehearse week after week for their upcoming Christmas musical, I often wonder how that first Christmas must have been. Only a handful of people even knew the miracle that was about to take place. I assume everyone else was going about their daily business. To be Mary and Joseph and know you would soon be welcoming the Prince of Peace into the world … what a profound night that must have been indeed!
If you have children, you know how one birth can change your world. It is the most joyous occasion. Though you prepare for the baby’s arrival, the preparations never truly feel complete. The anticipation is overwhelming at times and patience is truly a virtue. The waiting is indeed the hardest part.
As I look around at the hustle and bustle, I don’t think many of us experience the waiting of this season anymore. We prepare for all the wrong things, we are anxious for all the wrong reasons, and we’ve forgotten that we are about to celebrate the most joyous and momentous occasion this world has ever known.
In the midst of the gifts and the feasts and the shopping and the preparations, take time to sit in reverence. Hug your kids and loved ones. Feel the joy of family and friends and togetherness. Think of those who are in need and serve them however you can. Spread joy; share peace and love wherever you go.
Be thankful for the gift that has been given to you.