He allowed Himself to be subject to Mary - a very young, first-time mother, and Joseph a first-time dad. Risky stuff if you ask me..
We are women and we know how to celebrate a holiday! Tell me honestly...can you picture what Christmas would be like if all the prep was left up to the men?? (At my house, if there was a tree at all, it would likely be strung with one set of lights stretched sparingly across it, we would have burgers for dinner, and there might be plain, white envelopes under the tree with cash inside..)
We decorate our homes, we bake special goodies, we send cards with loving sentiments, we host family and friends for delectable meals, we sing in choirs and we shop, and shop and shop! We lavish loved ones with gifts galore! (I'm exhausted just thinking about it..)
But as much as I enjoy the celebrations of the season, I find myself in the midst of a dilemma: how do I participate in the wonderful traditions of Christmas without becoming so distracted that I disregard or ignore the very One I am celebrating? I have lists upon lists of things to accomplish in a very short amount of time! And after all - it won’t be Christmas if I don’t serve the old favorites to the family, or have the house looking festive, and won’t people be offended if they don’t receive a card from me? And then there is the shopping...sales on items that I simply must purchase or certain people won’t be satisfied...stores crowded, traffic, rude people to deal with...and deadlines! I am challenged by all of this every year.
I don’t know that I have ever truly asked the Lord how HE would have me celebrate His birth, but I think it’s a good idea. The shepherds were so excited after hearing of the birth of the Savior that they hurried off to find Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. They didn’t seem to be too concerned with the sheep & other responsibilities. God took care of them and he will also take care of ours if we be sure to put Him first. “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
A picture just came into my head - In it I am celebrating my husband’s birthday with family & friends, food & gifts, but he is sitting in the back of the room in a corner by himself...
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning...The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and Truth.”
Isaiah 9:6,7 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
He is awesome and amazing! He loves us so much! So let’s take time with the One we are celebrating and bless those with whom we celebrate! For we are WOMEN and we know how to celebrate our Savior and King!
May your Christmas celebrations be filled with joy and may you take time every day with the One you are celebrating! That's how to have a truly "Merry" Christmas!
I know it's early - but Merry Christmas!!