Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Here we are, December 20th! Six days until Christmas! I don’t know about you, but wow, this has been a busy month. I am guilty of letting the busyness distract me. I mean, there is so much to do. I let it get to me. I eventually got snippy, short fused, ok…there was some yelling about stupid things. I was overwhelmed. Funny how things turn out. I came down with a bad sinus infection and basically spent two days in bed. As I initially laid there with my head spinning thinking of all I had to do and of the time I was losing…there was cleaning to do, shopping and errands, prepping, cleaning and cleaning! While I laid around, too sick to care much about the work not getting done, I realized I was doing what I always preached not to do…I was losing sight of why we celebrate. The to do list was long and I let it consume my thoughts and actions.
During my forced hiatus, I heard a dj on the radio talking about his daughter. She was 5 years old, and was asking why they were not having a birthday cake at Christmas. Her father said they traditionally prepare pies. She expressed her disappointment explaining that this was Jesus’ Birthday, why wouldn’t there be cake?? Her dad said, “do you want to have a party at Chucky Cheese, too?”. And the little girl replied, “Uh, yeah!”. Kids are so matter of fact. I thought about how I gradually lost sight of the reason for the season. Gradually let busyness take over. Gradually forgot. Forgot we do all this because of Jesus. Because it is HIS birthday. I lost the ‘wonder’ in the most ‘wonder’ful time of the year! Kids are filled with wonder. They get it.
Can you imagine being a teen, unwed girl and an angel from God tells you that you will give birth to the Savior of the world? ‘Wonder’ Can you imagine looking at this newborn baby knowing He is the only way to heaven. ‘Wonder’ A baby, defenseless and helpless, that will grow up to pay the ultimate sacrifice for you and me. ‘Wonder’ Are you like me? Have you lost your ‘Wonder’? We can get it back! There’s still time! It is the most ‘wonder’ful time of the year. Let’s choose to be filled with ‘Wonder’! The errands will get done. You will get those groceries. The wrapping will get finished. Let’s do it all with childlike wonder and always be amazed at how our Savior entered the world. In a cave like stable, among animals. We are celebrating the birthday of The King of the World, who would go on to suffer a painful death on the cross for everyone who ever lived. Let’s dwell on that truth and be filled with the ‘Wonder’ of this precious gift. It is the most ‘wonder’ful time of the year. Have a very Merry Christmas!
Dear Lord, forgive us for losing our wonder. We celebrate your love and endless gifts you give even thought we are so undeserving. Help us to show others your love this Christmas and every day so the world sees why we are filled with wonder. Amen