"For to you is born this day,

in the city of David, a Savior . . . "

                                                                    Luke 2:11

It’s Christmas time! Again. Already!!! Didn’t we just get over Christmas? But it’s here again with the shopping crowds, jingle bells, ribbons, candlelight, pine scent, and glitter. And don’t forget outdoor decorating! Many neighbors already have their lights and wreaths on the bushes, trees, and doors! What’s the rush? As I’m writing this, we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving! But we know it is coming and we have to prepare. And may the words - prepare (home and heart), listen, wait, sing, pray, and sing again - joyfully prepare your hearts and souls for Christmas. And let’s admit, we love it all!

Yet in all the hustle and bustle, we can’t forget about the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Ah, it’s there in the midst of it all. Because, you see, our preparation is not so different from the first Christmas.

Think about all of those people crowding into Bethlehem, all the extra baking and preparations that the innkeepers and relatives had to do; think about the tired, overworked people who traveled by wide, bumpy donkeys over dirt roads in the dark, only to find the inns full and the bakery empty.

Then think about those poor (in body and spirit) shepherds who had to spend another cold night cuddled up to smelly, but warm and woolly, sheep. Rotten night duty!!

And then it all changed - those lonely, shivering shepherds saw the light and heard the singing. Suddenly there was celebration upon celebration. That is the way it is with us. We might complain about all the extra work that we need to do as we prepare for Christmas day. And the weather doesn’t want to cooperate and it gets so dark, so early in the evening. But the Light is coming into the world and we are going to celebrate!

We have begun to prepare for that celebration. We are busy now, and life is going to get more hectic as we get closer to Christmas day. But then all of it is going to change! We won’t be surprised like the shepherds because we know it is coming. We will be ready to greet the newborn King. “And He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

   Advent is a time for preparation and this season is going to be busy and at times maybe even “a little out of control”. But we are preparing for the most special gift of all. “For unto you is born this day, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

   Merry Christmas,

                                                                         Pastor Devie



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