Ah, the Christmas season! Some say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, others say it’s the most chaotic time of the year, still others say it’s the most blessed time of the year. What do you say? Personally, I think it is a mix of all three! Yes, there is definitely more on our schedules with gifts to purchase, meals to prepare, activities to participate in, and special church services to attend. Yet, we can actually allow the extra hustle and bustle to be a reminder of what was happening with Mary and Joseph so many years ago. Why was there no room in the inn? Because lots of people were traveling to Bethlehem to register for the census. The streets were packed, the markets were full of activity, and it was next to impossible to get a good parking spot for your donkey! There was definitely hustle and bustle all around. It forced them to take refuge in a nearby cave to be alone in preparation for the coming of the Lord—literally. That’s a great reminder for us to do the same. Create a space where we can get alone and prepare our hearts for the coming celebration of Jesus’ entrance into our world and into our hearts. Though the chaos might still swirl around us, we can take in the blessing of Jesus and declare it most definitely a wonderful time of the year.
Pastor Andrea Stephens, email@example.com, 918.392.1145
"Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:10-11