As Christmas fast approaches and the hustle and bustle of shopping, baking, planning and all the things needing to be taking care of can become overwhelming as we try to prepare for the perfect Christmas.
Now imagine yourself delivering your first child in a smelly, dirty barn with no doctors or nurses, no bed, no sanitation facilities, not even running water. Your husband is there ready to help in the delivery.
“Does he have a clue what to do?” you ask yourself. “For that matter, do I?
You finally deliver your baby and thank God it was an easy delivery with no complications. Exhausted, you drift off to sleep when you are awakened by some smelly shepherds wanted to see your baby. You wonder how they even knew there was a new born baby.
Then the shepherds tell you a wonderful story of an angel telling them about your baby. They called Him the Savior, the Christ, the Lord.
Then the whole heaven filled with heavenly host praising God and saying “Glory to God in the Highest and on earth, peace, and good will to all men.” (Luke 2: 8-11)
What began with fear, changed to wonder, and suddenly peace filled the whole barn.
Having a baby in a barn doesn’t sound much like the perfect Christmas, but it was God’s perfect plan.
As you go through this Christmas season and fear, frustration, anxiety and exhaustion threaten to take over, I would like to encourage you to remember why we celebrate Christmas. Take a deep breath and ask for the peace of God to fill you anew. It did not begin with pretty ribbons and bows, lighted trees and fancy gifts. It was this humble beginning that changed life forever for believers.
To quote an old phrase, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
Rejoice! We have been given the best gift we could ever give or receive, the Son of God, Emmanuel; God with us. Amen!
Blessings on your day!