Rushing towards Christmas day! (24-12-20)
David went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a child. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2: 5-7)
The changing landscape of coronavirus restrictions is difficult to navigate and requires many people to make sacrifices and hasty decisions. There are extra provisions to be bought, surplus provisions to be shared out, Christmas present exchanges to be arranged, travel arrangements to be rescheduled, cooked meals to be delivered.
Such distraction tears our focus away from the true message of Christmas. The gift of a baby son who would, through love, willingly suffer and die to remove the barrier between ourselves and God, and open heaven for an eternal life with Jesus and our Father.
We know that baby Jesus arrives on schedule on 25th December. But if Jesus returns today, are we ready to step forward to greet him and be judged? Have we spent time with him and asked him what he would have liked us to do?
Or do we have some more important arrangements to sort out first?
Christ born for us,
Son of God given for us:
help us to know you,
to worship and to serve you.