Today is the second day of Christmas so we are still contemplating the joy and celebrating the season. Aren’t we? The shepherds have left the stable but there are still ten more days to stay there and adore God who was born into human flesh to live with and in us. But, perhaps, you have just breathed a huge sigh of relief, murmuring a silent prayer of thanksgiving to God that it is over. Maybe the tree is already at the curb or in the box.
Most of us are a bit—or even a lot—tired of all the preparations and church services, no matter how glorious, and want to rest up so we can be ready for the next holiday, New Year’s Eve and the new year. Yes, 2015 is just a heartbeat away and then we are off again, back to normal whatever that is.
I want to slow down in order to be more aware of what it is God wants for me—what he wants to say—how he wants to use me for his Kingdom. But, it is hard to stay in the moment or even the day which I am in. Most of us are busy thinking about the next hour or the next day the moment we get out of bed, or at least by the time we have had our first cup of coffee. We forget to enjoy and celebrate where we are in this “now” moment we have been given. We forget to come and adore Jesus. I want to do this.
This meditation from Max Lucado causes me to pause:
“One’s imagination is kindled thinking about the conversation of the innkeeper and his family. Did anyone mention the arrival of the young couple the night before? Did anyone ask about the pregnancy of the girl on the donkey? The innkeeper and his family were so busy. The day was upon them. The day’s bread had to be made. The morning’s chores had to be done. There was too much to do to imagine that the impossible had occurred. God had entered the world as a baby.
Meanwhile the city hummed. Merchants were unaware that God had visited their planet. The innkeeper would never believe that he’d just sent God into the cold. Those who missed His Majesty’s arrival—missed it not because of evil acts or malice; no, they missed it simply because they weren’t looking. Not much has changed in the last two thousand years, has it?”
We can almost excuse the merchants and inn-keepers because they weren’t expecting God to come as a tiny baby born to peasants. But, we have heard the story Advent after Advent and Christmas after Christmas. We are apprentices of Jesus and he has made a difference in us. We know that a life-shattering, world-changing event took place that night and it will never ever be the same. Let us not rush head-long back into normal but slow awhile to honor Jesus by spending time with him and paying attention. Help us, Lord, we are addicted to busy.
“Here in this place the new light is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away;
see in this space our fears and our dreamings brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken, gather us in, the blind and the lame;
call to us now, and we shall awaken, we shall arise at the sound of our name.” ~ Marty Haugen
May the next ten days of the Christmas season bring you joy and the awareness of God with you. Stay blessed. ~ Donna