Merry Christmas! Jesus is born! Ready or not the Messiah, God’s Anointed One, is born and nothing will ever be the same. And aren’t we lucky that this happens in God’s time and not in ours? After all, if we had to wait for God to arrive until we were “ready,” we would still be preparing and fussing and straightening. God doesn’t wait for us to be perfect hosts. God shows up and invites us into something new and wonderful.
After all, Jesus is born anyway. Didn’t finish your Christmas baking? Jesus is born anyway. Didn’t decorate your home? Jesus is born anyway. Haven’t the slightest clue what you’ll eat for dinner? Jesus is born anyway. He doesn’t depend on us, in fact, we depend on him.
Certainly those long ago shepherds weren’t prepared for angels to appear in the sky and break into song. They’d worked a long day, kept track of all their sheep, and were bedding down with one eye opened to watch out for predators. They hadn’t done any preparation. They didn’t set out a crèche or hang lights on trees. But what they did have was key. They had a willingness listen, to get up and go into Bethlehem and “see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known.”
So relax. Jesus will not judge your decorations, baking, presents or cards. Instead Jesus is born. As the angel says: “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” This is good news. This is great joy. We have a savior, a God who loves us and claims us. Today he has arrived. Let us rejoice and sing to God a new song.
Prayers and Blessings,