postheadericon Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 8


"When the angels had left them and gone into heaven,
the shepherds said to one another,
'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened,
which the Lord has told us about.'"
- Luke 2:15

I often wonder what I would have done in this situation...

Would I have, like the shepherds, just hauled out and headed to Bethlehem to see the baby and spread the good news? Or would I have blown it off; stayed right where I was? Would I have gone to open this inconceivable gift from God? Or would I have been too wrapped up in my own junk?

My worry is that I would have let the stress of what I needed to get done, my tendency to put so much pressure on myself to do way too many things, and my uncanny ability to take on too much stop me from sitting at the manger. From making the trip to see the Christ-child. From kneeling at the feet of Jesus.

What about you? Maybe not 2,000 years ago, but what about today? Are you remembering to rest in that straw, at the feet of baby Jesus? Or are you marking a million and one things off your to-do list?

It is so easy at this time of year to get busy buying and wrapping presents, get caught up with things at work we need to get done so we can get wherever it is we're going, get bogged down with lists upon lists upon lists. But it is okay to stop. It is okay to say enough. It is okay to say no. It is even okay to take time off from work and really be present with your family and friends. That by itself is a great gift. That is one way to spend some time in that stable, sitting by that manger, in awe of the baby.

You have a choice to make. We are exactly one week away from Christmas Eve. Please take some time to kneel by that manger. Be filled with wonder and joy and awe and love and peace and gratitude. Say thank you. Be present.