I wondered, “What is the essence of planning a surprise birthday party and noising it all around and forgetting to invite the celebrant?” What a mess! What a disaster to spend Christmas, without acknowledging the celebrant. What a waste are our parties, exchange of gifts, concerts, carol service, if Christmas is for Santa. In the midst of this craziness, it seems we are celebrating “Satan” in red and white figs. Even among Christians, we talk about, Jesus as the reason for the season, but we often forget the celebrant in our shimmering wrapping of gifts, and planning of a perfect Christmas. How sad to have a party and not.acknowledging the celebrant.
“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:40
The lord was teaching a lesson.
Don’t get carried away with sending gifts and addressing Christmas cards. Don’t get stampede by the crowds in the mall, delayed or frustrated by cancelled flights. Don’t get worked up by short holidays and long holiday plans. Don’t be caught off guard by much serving and planning of a perfect Christmas that you lose sight of what is important.
It’s time to call our children and teach them the purpose of the season. It’s time to retract into our study room and learn at his feet. It’s time to know if you have accepted the gift he came to give us:” he came to save us from our sins-Mathew 1:21”. Make a prayer and don’t forget to say, “Happy Birthday, Jesus” and “thank you for giving me life in the place of death”
What a JOY, we miss, by missing one key thing-Jesus.
Merry Christmas to you, Woman