For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. Luke 2:11-12
This time of year becomes so busy. You can’t even go to the grocery store without having to wait in ridiculously long lines. You try to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. You spend time cooking and baking. Everything is a big hustle.
Then in an ordinary moment, my sweet little Ann Elizabeth puts it all in perspective. We were listening to the radio, and the lady said the best thing about Christmas was giving to others. Ann Elizabeth quickly chimed in that she was wrong, and the greatest thing about Christmas is Jesus.
So often we forget to put Him first. We get caught up with everything else, and forget to slow down and really recognize this as the celebration of the birth of our Savior. We’ve heard the story so many times we could quote it. It becomes mundane. We need to return to that childlike faith.
We need to realize what a humbling sacrifice His birth really was. He came to this earth as a helpless baby born in a dirty animal stable, into a family without a lot of money, and spent His life ministering to others only to die a criminal’s death on the cross. He gave up the splendor of heaven to come to this world to reconcile our relationship with God the Father.
I pray this Christmas that you will slow down and realize what this season is really about. Read the story of His birth again, but this time really let it come to life. I pray that the Holy Spirit breathes new life into you and that you truly recognize what this season is all about.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!