Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.
Once again it is time for us to embark upon our journey of Advent that begins on December 1, 2013. Advent is a time for us to celebrate the gift of Christ with anticipation for his second coming. Here’s the question: Are we ready to experience the sights and sounds of the nativity that surround the birth of Christ?
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her
firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because
there was no room for them in the inn.”
Often it seems we’ve lost the character of the nativity setting and have focused on the commercialism of Christmas. Over the years the bright lights, colorful wrappings, magnificent bows, extravagant gifts, delicious sweets, and the wonderful aroma of hot cider have overshadowed the character found in the stable – a manger filled with the smell of the straw and the animals that call it home. Don’t forget the weathered wood made from rough-cut boards and wooden posts that have been gnawed on by the tenants over the years. Listen for the sounds of the birds that gently light on the rafters and sing a melodious tune. Over in the corner we see the sheep huddled together to stay warm as the donkey rests . . . having been stripped of its heavy load from the journey. It is quite a majestic setting for God’s gift to the world!
“But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people. Today in the town of
a Savior has been
to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
Have you lost the humble, yet majestic setting of the nativity and the birth of Christ? Come and journey with us as we prepare to stand at the manger and celebrate the good news. Maybe God’s been calling to you? Together, we can kneel at the manger to celebrate and rejoice with the shepherds!
In Christ’s Love,