MUSINGS FROM MIKE
I get a feeling every so often the people are beginning to wonder if spending the money, time, and anxiety that we do on the Advent and Christmas season is ‘worth it’ or a good idea.
I have to admit that I do think we take the supreme gift that God has given to all of us and turned it into a marathon of gifts, events, and things to do.
But every so often I get reminded in the Christmas Story that there were lots of people who were not sure that God had a good idea. Have your Son’s messenger be born to a charming old couple with no kids? Have your son be born to an unmarried virgin? Make a multi-day trip from your home to your husband’s family just in time for the birth? No place to have the baby? All those visits with a first time Mom and Dad?
There are many, many places that we can raise an eyebrow at what God is up to.
But here is the bottom line, in the first Christmas God lead people through their confusion, doubts, and dismay to become part of the story of the Messiah. That makes me trust that God will help you and I to work through our calendars, everything going on, and even the noise in our own heads to get to the stable and give our praise to the Son of God.
A blessed Advent season of preparation and a beautiful Christmas to you and yours.