Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Luke 2:11
For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord.

In preparation for Christmas this year we have spent hours decorating the house and watching Christmas movies while making handmade gifts.  I’ve yet to get to the holiday baking and candy making.  Maybe we will get to it before Christmas.

After stressing over not finishing the gifts on the list or getting packages mailed, I picked up the Bible and started reading the Christmas story. 

There were a few things that really stood out to me this time.  For one, the wise men saw a star and traveled a long way to find Jesus.  It could have taken up to two years.  They were men of means apparently but I wonder what their lives were like before the star.    Certainly it took sacrifice to leave everything behind in search of the Messiah.   The star that led to Jesus carried the very presence of God, causing these men to set aside their own agenda to seek Him.  

My focus has been to finish what is on my “To Do” list.  Forgive me, Lord.  Today I choose to be wise and let go of my idea of the perfect Christmas house.  I desire God’s plan – not my own.

God also used Simeon to teach me a lesson or two.  Simeon was a man who had anticipated the Messiah's birth for quite some time.  He was just an ordinary man like you or me.  He lived in Jerusalem and at the same time Jesus was at the temple for dedication, Simeon was led by the Holy Spirit to go there. 

It’s so easy in this season to be so involved in tradition, that the voice of the Holy Spirit is distant when that’s what the season is really all about.  Just think of what Simeon would have missed if he didn’t listen to the Holy Spirit to go to the temple or if waited until the next day. 

What will I miss if I am so focused on presents?  Will I miss His glory?   I prefer His presence over Christmas presents any day! 

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