I like decorating for Christmas.
I like baking for Christmas.
I like planning and gifting for Christmas.
I like Christmas.
I guess that is why when I read or hear people say that it is all just too much, and cut and slice and reduce and abbreviate and try to make it less than what it is; what it should be, I’m sad. I read so much on the internet right now by people who are stressing and complaining about the holiday preparation, the burden of it. No time to do it, to hurried, to stressful, too expensive, TOO MUCH WORK!!
It upends us. It messes with our routines, and our schedules.
Nothing has changed. It messed with schedules when Jesus was born over 2000 years ago too.
Zechariah and Elizabeth had settled into a routine of NOT having children.
Joseph and Mary had settled into the ritual and preparation for betrothal and subsequent marriage.
There were questions—then a silencing.
There were doubts—then a Word.
There was faith—then deliverance.
And there was birth—then Rejoicing!
If Christmas upends you, if it stresses you, if it all seems too much, stop and think about Elizabeth, and Mary, and Zechariah and Joseph. Maybe we are too settled into our routines; maybe Christmas comes every year to jostle us out of those routines, those rituals of time to remind us who IS time; really.
For someone important is coming.
But in the midst of all that, I can’t forget that He is already here. In the midst of all that, He IS all that.
Because if He isn’t, then all that is just decorating and baking and……burdensome.
You can’t stop His coming anymore than Elizabeth and Zechariah, or Joseph and Mary could.
He is coming. He is HERE!
“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”-- Luke 21:28