I absolutely love everything about Christmas. Fresh baked cookies wafting through the house, twinkling lights, creamy hot chocolate, the smell of pine surrounding Christmas trees, singing along to “O Holy Night,” cozy blankets, families laughing… It’s a beautiful time of year. Something I certainly do not like about this time of year is when people approach it with dread, feeling stressed about finding the perfect present, or hosting the perfect party, or are so busy rushing around they simply miss the point. Jesus. The incarnation. The God of the universe humbled himself to become a baby, to become like US. If this ever becomes “normal” to us, I think we need to step back and breathe in this truth, this mystery.
Instead of getting swept up in the hustle and bustle of a new season, to-do lists, things to do and places to go, let’s stop. Refocus. And choose joy.
Let’s come together and remember the whole point behind nativity scenes and candy canes and chestnuts roasting over the open fire…the purpose is to celebrate the incarnation. The Gospel of John begins by saying, “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus made his dwelling among US. Our Holy Creator chose to come down to early, in a small town, in a humble dwelling place, so he could live among his people, so they could experience his love. This is the good news that gives us great JOY, great joy for all people (Luke 2:10). Let’s join in with the angels and sing, praise God, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).