“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.”—-Matthew 2:1-2
But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had seen and heard, which were just as they had been told.—-Luke 2:10-11, 20
We’re at the beginning of the Christmas season. It can become a pretty busy time of year, and we can easily become overwhelmed if we are not careful. While work continues, extra stuff is thrown into our schedules. We are expected to decorate, to provide food, buy gifts, wrap and deliver gifts, and just do more stuff, all while maintaining our regular schedules. In light of the busyness, it’s easy to lose our focus.
At church Sunday, we kicked off the season with Christmas carols. All of them were announcing the birth of our Savior, and I was prompted to consider my response. This busy time of year should not cause us to respond in weariness. We have been given the most precious gift of all, Jesus. Everything we do in celebrating Christmas should be done with joy. Let us be like the wise men and worship the King. Let us be like the shepherds and glorify and praise God for sending His Son into the world so we might experience salvation. I love the words by Chris Tomlin.
Come and see what God has done
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Everything we do this Christmas season should be in celebration of the amazing love that has been given to us. Don’t let the busyness make you weary. Let the busyness become opportunities to worship and celebrate the most precious Gift ever given.