Are we there yet? This is a familiar question from young children when embarking on a journey – - it doesn’t take long for them to wonder if we have reached the intended destination.
Right now, my thinking is – - are we finding ourselves in the midst of the frenzy of Christmas shopping and preparations? Time is running out….countdown is on to that wonderful day (although, some admit to having a bah-humbug attitude toward December 25th and all it entails). It’s too bad that we allow ourselves to become stressed with busy-ness instead of focusing on the reason for Christmas – - Jesus and His birth. Born to give us a peace beyond our understanding. Born to save us from ourselves and all the obligatory stuff.
So STOP what you’re doing! Take a deep breath and count to ten. RELAX and concentrate on what life must have been like in those far off days when Mary gave birth to her son.
Seemingly, it was just another day: after all, the reason for us celebrating Christmas had not yet arrived. When He did, the heavens erupted with the sound of heavenly song; the Magi arrived to discover the long-awaited Messiah was born and Mary and Joseph rested, knowing there were great expectations required of them now their little Christ child had arrived.
The night was cold and dark, with only the light of the star and perhaps a lantern. No clamouring traffic; hurried shoppers; tired, frustrated parents and excited children. Just quiet.
We can recover our composure and sigh a deep breath of relief, if we can visualize that night, and immerse ourselves into what we think it felt like. Perhaps it will energize us to continue the preparations for Christmas in a calmer way. Maybe we will actually begin to do what we’re supposed to do……enjoy this wonderful season, as we anticipate celebrating the birthday of Christ.
Luke 2:8-14 That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. An angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and suddenly they became very frightened. The angel said to them, “don’t be afraid, because I am bringing you some good news. It will be a joy to all the people. Today your Saviour was born in David’s town. He is Christ the Lord. This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a feeding box (manger). Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel. All the angels were praising God, saying “Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace to the people who please God.”
Have a happy and safe Christmas everyone and remember to have fun while you spend time with family and friends. Whatever does not get done — let it go – - don’t get stressed over small insignificant things. If you forget to buy eggnog or extra cookies or milk – - so what – - life will go on without them. Relax and remember to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS and thank Him for His gift of salvation and freedom from sin.
When we finally finish all that is expected of us let us sit – - relax and be glad we’ve made it to the finish line. If anyone asks “Are we there yet?” we can truthfully say “Yes” – - thank the Lord. We’re ready for Christmas. The frenzy is ended.