The Path to Christmas 24

Well Christmas is almost here! All the planning, shopping, cooking, ordering online gifts… all of it finds its fruition today and the next several days. Wrapping paper will be torn and strewn about many homes. Some children and grandkids will find their treasure beneath a brightly-lit tree. Meals will be enjoyed, hopefully with much laughter around the table. Family will be embraced, carols heard and sung one more time.

The path to Christmas is almost complete. Advent is almost ended… we now celebrate the earthbound and physical birth of our Living Lord. May we hear on this Sunday of Christmas Eve the joy of the angels’ announcement… may we feel the wonder of the shepherds’ discovery… may we worship with the wise men who sought Jesus… may we not only receive gifts on this good day, but may we offer the gift of an obedient and thankful heart.

And in the business and crush of hectic and day-long celebrations, may we find a quiet moment or two to reflect on the wonder that this path has led us to; of the wonder of the Word made flesh… of the grace of Immanuel, God with us… of the wisdom of the Ancient of Days entering time.

Of a God who loves us so much that He gave… no… He CAME to find us in our lostness, “to seek and save that which was lost.” And at the end of your Christmas path, may you find your heart’s desire fulfilled…

…in Jesus.

“And she will give birth to a son, and you will give Him the name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Father, many of us are busy today. Forgive us, I pray, if our business overshadows and presses out of worship. This is a good day… a day of anticipation, of celebration, of joy. Thank You for giving us THE REASON for it… not of Christmas dinner and family togetherness, of decorations, trees and songs. For all of these things point to our true reason for peace, love and joy. In Jesus, our true “reason for the season,” we pray. Amen


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