As this season of Advent comes to a close, I find myself with the crazy thoughts of..."what if He had not come?" What if that little babe born in humble conditions had not come? I couldn't imagine.
He is...so very much to me. He changes my life, my thoughts, my perspective, my heart, and more - every single day.
Yet, I often do not take time to consider Him. Jesus. And, I think for a moment, what if He had not come? What if I were celebrating Christmas for what is commercially...gifts, decorations, food, family parties, and more?
Don't get me wrong...those things are wonderful. If they weren't, I wouldn't get so caught up in them - like all of us.
I find myself each year - for one reason or another - running head fast into the Christmas season. Feeling burdened by plans and expectations of joy and cheer. Joy and cheer not brought by the humble Savior born in a stable. But joy and cheer brought by having my Christmas ducks in a row.
I am forcing myself to pause today in the craziness of Christmas Eve to consider Him. He who brought life, hope, and peace. Jesus didn't need the bells and whistles of the perfect birthing situation. And we don't need the bells and whistles of a perfect holiday season.
This season causes heartache for so many and for so many different reasons. And, I just think of them-of you. I think of me-when I was so filled with pain- I thought there was no purpose in celebrating the holiday season. God has brought me through that season, yet, it still remains a battle at times for various reasons.
And my hope and prayer is this for you and for me - that His glorious light and love can break through the pain and despair of your situation. Where you find yourself singing with the Angels in joy - "Glory to God in the highest!" He has arrived! The long awaited and expected Emmanuel-Christ child is here. He is God with us then, and God with us now. He did come. And He came in a way that reminds us every Christmas season of humbleness, of simplicity. It reminds us that all we need is love and a Messiah this Christmas. He came. He is here.
So, why then, do I find myself celebrating this season as though He did not come? Caring about things that - although are nice - are not necessary to joy and hope. Celebrating as though those things are necessary to find joy and cheer this Christmas season.
Jesus-you bring me humbly and graciously to my knees each Christmas -and remind me why I celebrate and rejoice during this season. It's because You came. It's not the lights, the music, or the gifts - and it's not my family. Because I have been in seasons before where many of those things were missing, and yet, in your grace and love you came to me. And I experienced the joy of Christmas. And it was simply because of you. Thank you for coming. Thank God for a Messiah. A Messiah to come and rescue this broken, messy world.
"The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight..."
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9.6