Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 20, 2019

Unwrapping Christmas

“After seeing them, they (shepherds) reported the message they were told about this child (Jesus) and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 2:17-18 (HCSB)

Shepherds – not quite the group of people you would expect to proclaim the birth of Christ. But isn’t that just like our God to reveal Himself through ordinary people like you and me. No media blasts, no tweets or posts just lowly shepherds doing their job in the dark night. Chosen to be the first to receive the good news of the Messiah’s birth. And the telling was not by just one angel but a celebration by a multitude of angels praising God.

I wish I could glimpse the fear and awe in their faces. The moment the angel appeared declaring a Savior had been born in the city of David. The telling of how they would find this sweet One lying in a manger. Compelling them to go straight to Bethlehem. Guardians of their own flock, protectors of their sheep leaving all to pursue the Messiah.

Wonder if there is something we need to leave behind in order to pursue Christ?

Shepherds were known for feeding, protecting and guarding their flock. Yet nothing stood in the way of their pursuit to see the Savior.

Lots of things keep us entangled in our day to day. Distractions are a given. Other responsibilities can consume all our time and focus. Christmas can simply become a calendar of activities, hustle and exhaustion. Doing and going, but little seeking.

Don’t know about you, but I’d rather be filled with awe and wonder than overwhelmed with lots of somethings stealing away my joy. Baking, shopping and hosting are fun don’t get me wrong – I love it all. But right in the midst of all those holiday traditions and doings, we need to steal away moments to pursue our Messiah. The greatest shepherd ever known (Hebrews 13:20). The One who came to bring us life (John 3:16). The very breath of heaven seeker of those who are lost (I Peter 2:25). Worthy of our complete devotion especially during the busiest time of the year.

So gather with me, sweet friends. Welcome Christ into your Christmas – it’s the best gift you can unwrap.

“Father, ignite within us a renewed wonder and awe of the true meaning of Christmas – celebrating the birth of Your Son – Immanuel, God with us.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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