The weather outside is gray and dreary, reflecting my soul. I am trying to get in the Christmas spirit… we are celebrating the greatest Gift ever given, after all! And You are my greatest gift, Jesus. Nothing in my life would mean anything without You. So I truly am grateful.
I just don’t feel like celebrating.
I don’t want any more stuff– I don’t want to buy it and I don’t want to receive it. I don’t want to eat the cookies I’m baking. I don’t want to buy an extension cord for the front porch decorations. And I’m tired of watching the same old movies for the hundredth time!
Everything just feels so… ordinary this year.
No magic. No wonder. No anticipation.
Change my heart, Lord!
I am like the shepherds of long ago, out in the fields, just going about their business. I’m doing what I always do, trapped in the rut of ordinary life. As the darkness of night settles in, everything looks the same as it always does. No angels. No star.
But wait… A star?
God, how did You know? Of all the years, how did You know we would need the reminder this year?
A visible symbol declaring Your Presence with us; a light intended to draw our eyes and hearts to You. In 2020, the week of Christmas…
The Bethlehem Star.
If ever we needed something to lead us to You, Jesus, it is now!
Our world needs Your peace.
Our nation needs Your peace.
Our communities need Your peace.
Our families need Your peace.
I need Your peace.
“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”– Matthew 2:10-11
Lord, whether I am caught in a cycle of busyness or muddling through the mundane, may I pause and lift my eyes tonight in search of something more.
May the star in the sky, the sign You have given (again), usher into my heart the joy and wonder I have been missing.
May it lead me into Your Presence, so I may bow down and worship You.
May I open my heart, my hands, my treasures, and lay them at Your feet. May all that I am and all that I have be used for Your glory.
“O Come, let us adore Him
O Come, let us adore Him
O Come, let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord!”
(-O Come, All Ye Faithful, John Francis Wade)
Sweet friends, may you find wonder and joy in the coming of the Christ child this Christmas!