This Christmas ornament and the previous two are my
children's first ornaments. They are 31, 29, and 19.
Too many of those years Jesus got lost in the busyness,
the hustle and the bustle.
Christmas is a birthday we celebrate. Advent is the time
leading up to Jesus birth, a time to prepare for the most
amazing gift ever given to us. Don't let the One we
celebrate get lost in that preparation.
Psalm 147: 1-12, Isaiah 30: 19-21, 23-26; Matthew 9:35; 10: 1, 5-8
"God who is the fullness of Being infiltrated our world of beings in order that we might fully be. Christmas is about the incarnation, and incarnation is God's becoming what he is not, in order that we might become what he is." (Richard John Neuhaus, God with Us)
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
We are all brokenhearted, not just in the sense of a mournful heart, but in a heart that has been wounded, by our sin, by the sins of others, by living in a broken world. A world that is now not as it should be, as it was created to be. God entered our world to make possible the healing, the restoration we so need and long for.
Augustine said, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee"
Father, open our eyes and hearts to your amazing love, to your amazing grace, that would cause you to go to such great lengths to bring us back to you. May these truths become more real for us this Christmas. May we take the time to slow our busy pace and let our restless hearts rest in you, the healer, and restorer of our hearts and souls. May we not forget why we celebrate CHRISTmas.
Let it be.