The earthly retelling of our redemption story is tenderly wrapped in all the glitz and glimmer of the Christmas season.
It begins with the love of Heaven folding back the gossamer thin veil to Earth extending grace through the birth of a tiny helpless baby, who came to save mankind.
Jesus left his rightful place in Heaven and was born from the womb of the young innocent Mary, who was just barely a woman herself. The Father’s plan seemed fragile. Yet, it was filled with so much hope and promise.
Jesus walked this earth teaching, praying, and healing. He was and continues to be our Emmanuel.
He died on an ugly, rugged cross paying the penalty for our sins. Three days later He rose, conquering our last enemy, death. He is our Savior - our lifeline to our Heavenly Father.
Friends, do we really understand the magnitude of who He is and what He did?
Scripture says, “She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). Bethlehem had no room for God’s son. Really?
How did so many people, especially the prominent religious leaders, miss this?
Maybe their hearts were indifferent, numbed by busyness, preoccupied with problems, personal agendas, and religious status. The weight of all these things can spiritually blind a person.
But the angels declared the good news to the shepherds, the humble lowly ones of society. God knew the uncomplicated simplicity of their hearts had room to believe, receive, and rejoice in this great news.
Oh, my sisters, we too miss the presence of Jesus in our humanness and in the frantic, frenetic pace of our lives.
Our hearts can find themselves swollen with pride, cluttered with distractions, hurts, burdens, worries, plans, and preoccupations. We leave no room for His guiding presence to speak and lead us to His promise of abundance, joy, and the gift of an authentically full life. We desperately need the simplicity of those humble lowly shepherds.
Maybe in this Christmas season we could slow down, reflect, open our hearts to the wonder of who He is, what He did for us, and accept the hope He offers to the complexities of our lives.
Gently, I ask myself, “What would emptying myself in this season look like?” Maybe you too could ask that question. Let’s create space for Him by letting go of some of the things that keep our hearts bound in the knots of disarray and discontentment.
Friends, let’s not miss Him, especially in the frenzied pace of this holy season. Make room…It will make all the difference…
Word for the Day:
“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord….” (Luke 2:10-11)
Prayer: Jesus, your humility stuns me. Thank you for your great personal sacrifice. Awaken us this Christmas season. Show us the places in our hearts that crowd you out. Teach us to walk with reckless abandonment. Amen.
Author: Maryanne Abbate