While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Christmas season really is the most wonderful time of year. It’s a season rich with hope, wonder and holiday cheer. But let’s be honest. It also has the potential to be the most hurried, hectic and stressful time of year too.
When Mary and Joseph finally arrived in Bethlehem, they entered a town nearly busting at the seams. Because of the census, this quiet, ordinary town was flooded with travelers – so many that there was no place for young Mary and Joseph to rest their aching limbs. Yet it’s in this simple town, in its crowded and unusually-crazy state, that the long-awaited Messiah makes His grand entrance. Finally! The King of the world has arrived. But in all the hustle and bustle of the season, almost everyone around them missed it.
When I look at my calendar each December, I can understand how it happened way back then. Like that crowded town, you and I live crowded lives that are busting at the seams with activity and people. Especially during Advent, we can easily become preoccupied with all the things of Christmas that we, too, miss the One of Christmas.
But unlike the inn-keeper, we can’t say that we don’t have room for Him. After all, we make room for many things during this busy holiday season. We make room for decorating, shopping and wrapping. We make room for Christmas plays, Christmas lights, Christmas cookies and Christmas carols. But I wonder – when all the merry-making is over, will we look back and realize we missed Jesus too?
Experiencing Jesus in the middle of this unusually-crazy season won’t happen by accident. We must choose it. We must intentionally clear away space and quiet the noise to make room for Christ to come.
The good news is it’s not too late. For the remainder of this Advent season, let’s be intentional about fixing our eyes, quieting our hearts and making room in our schedules so that we can experience the wonder and awe of Christmas like never before.
Today, would you say you are experiencing the joy and wonder of Christmas or the stress and anxiety of it?
Write down at least one thing that’s distracting you from focusing on Jesus this Christmas.
“Always we begin again.” (St. Benedict) In what ways do you want to begin again so that you can make room for Jesus this Christmas?
Father God, forgive me for getting so caught up in the festivities of the season that I lose sight of the reason we celebrate in the first place. This year, I want to experience the coming of Jesus like never before. Would you give me wisdom with every “yes” and “no” so that I don’t fill up my days with Christmas fluff and miss out on Jesus?
Proverbs 19:2, Matthew 6:33, Matthew 11:28
(Day 12, A Meaningful Christmas: a 24 Day Devotional for Women)
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, A Meaningful Christmas provides a simple approach for women to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Our prayer is that this little book will be a breath of fresh air in your chaotic day and a time to focus your heart and mind of Jesus – our Savior, Messiah and King.
About The Authors
Carrie Rogers and Brittney Poe enjoy working together to create fun, simple ways to share their love of Jesus with their children. A Meaningful Christmas began with their own families years ago and is now being shared in thousands of homes around the world.