Where does one find Christmas?

12/18/2007

A Stream Of Faith
By Charles E. Westbrook

“She gave birth to her first child, a son.” – Luke 2:6a

In Luke, we find that Joseph and Mary were going to Bethlehem to register for the census. They must have traveled a long way. After they arrived, they couldn’t find a room. All they could find was a stable with all the animals, where Mary gave birth to a son they called Jesus.

Shepherds were near by, and they went to see the child. They found the child in a manger, just as they had been told. The shepherds fell to their knees so they could see and worship him. Mary was pleased when the shepherds came and visited the newborn child. A bright star guided them to the child.

Christmas is just about here, and people are busy getting ready. It seems like Christmas was only a few days ago. The stores are busy as people get everything they need. To me it seems that Christmas comes in a pretty wrapped box. There will be big meals and lots of presents under a tree. And then people take things back to the stores.

Jesus often gets left out of his birthday, and there are times when he’s never even mentioned. We need to take time and remember because he never forgets us. The trees and houses are pretty, but they take away from the true meaning.

Now I like to see the lights, but we need to think about what we are celebrating and why. Stop and think about it.

On the night he was born, people didn’t know about him because they were too busy with their own lives. Think it over; what are your plans for Christmas? Presents? Big meals?

If Jesus came to your home on Christmas Day would you invite him in and ask him to take a seat and join in the meals and everything you do?

Let Jesus in. He wants to join you and your family. Ask him to be the guest of honor.

Westbrook is a member of and serves on staff at Pearl United Methodist Church.