He came, not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as one whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. God tapped humanity on its collective shoulder, “Pardon me,” he said, and eternity interrupted time, divinity interrupted carnality, and heaven interrupted the earth in the form of a baby. Christianity was born in one big heavenly interruption.-Max Lucado
Christmas is just a few days away now. The kids are out of school and anticipating all the festivities. Gatherings of all kinds are going on around the world this time of year. Everyone celebrates differently, some celebrate the Hallmark holiday produced by the Coca-Cola company while others celebrate the birth of a Savior, Immanuel, God With Us.
Yes, God is with us. Rest in us. Give us peace. Assure our weary hearts that while we may feel lost, lonely, or unsure you are right next to us just longing to be known. The holidays are hard for many. The ache of missing lost family members is brought to light during this time of year, but maybe that is the point: Jesus, the light of the world also brings peace and comfort. He experienced loss and suffering so extremely in his 33 years. He knows our sorrows and feels our pains. He mourns with us, but he also promises for better. Much like earth was not his home, it’s not ours either. Be patient and considerate to those grieving this season. Welcome them in and give them a warm place to rest their weary hearts. Be safe. Show the love of Jesus to the broken.
The innkeeper turned away not only a carpenter and his young wife but salvation. I am sure he was busy, overbooked, and really just over the whole census deal. So by the time evening rolled around, Joseph knocked that poor innkeeper was done. No room anywhere, not even his heart for his Savior. Do you have room for your Savior?
Last evening Noah, Jim, and I were watching the Santa Claus part 1 and 2 together. In the midst of Laura (the Mom) and Neil (the step dad) talking about how they stopped believing in Santa because he didn’t bring them the thing they most wanted, Noah chimes in “sounds like an awful lot of ungrateful people to me”. Our actions and reactions show our gratitude levels. The gratitude-o-meter is simple: what is the first thing you say after someone gives you something? What is the first thing you do after an amazing moment happens? Do you give thanks? We all have so much to be thankful for, even when we don’t realize it. Even when life seems unbearably hard we all have something that brings us even the smallest measure of joy. A child’s smile. You’re spouse’s laugh (I love when Jim laughs at his own jokes, it makes me happy). A bowl of spaghetti (because that’s Noah’s love language). A quick note of encouragement from a friend. Or maybe a simple random act of kindness. Kindness blooms joy in it’s wake. Like a dandelion seeds, kindness flows into the hearts receiving, joy erupts, and an opportunity for more spreading arises.
Personally I think any day, ever day is a good day to spread kindness but if you are not generally of the opinion that kindness is worth sharing on a regular basis then maybe you could consider the holidays to be the time to show some love (kindness). No shocker here but Jesus showed kindness daily; really he showed the ultimate kindness on the cross, but good news! You don’t have to do that too, He took that one off your to-do list. Go share some kindness!
Lets be Jesus to the world this holiday. Share His love. Offer His patience. Make room for Him at your table.
From my family to yours…. MERRY CHRISTMAS!