Being Christians, it would be safe to say that our lives would be very different if the birth of Jesus had not occurred. There would be no stories of shepherds in the fields, angels singing, or Wise Men. There would be no characters named Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. Even though the events related in Scripture had been prophesied and there shouldn’t have been any big surprises, people’s lives were radically changed forever.
So, we celebrate the birth of Christ in our modern traditions. Perhaps some of us expect the same events, ceremonies, and traditions every year, and are upset when things don’t go as they always have. What happens when our lives radically change and suddenly our plans are turned upside down? Do we get angry because family groups make other plans, dinner is scheduled for a different time, somebody brings up the idea to just draw names? Those are times when perhaps we should recall this beautiful story of celebrating because a little baby was born who would save us all. And really, how much planning is needed for a celebration like that?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your Son, Jesus. Celebrating his birth takes many forms, but we pray that we can remember to focus on what a gift he is to the world. We love You and Jesus. Amen. -Judy Grubb From the Church Street Advent Devotion Book, 2013