A Very Mary Christmas
The first week of December is almost over. Have you finished (or even started) your shopping, baking, Christmas cards or decorating? How many parties will you attend this month? Don’t forget the concerts and Christmas plays! Whew! December can be one busy month with so much festivity, responsibilities and expectations!
So much for having a “silent night,” right? It’s a shame that this time of year has become more about busy schedules and stressed budgets. That’s not what it was meant to be!
It reminds me of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Remember how Martha was frantically busy taking care of her guests—namely Jesus and His disciples—while her sister, Mary, was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to Him and enjoying His presence. Martha was more than a little perturbed at her sister and asked Jesus to reprimand Mary for not helping her out in the kitchen. Instead, Jesus scolded Martha for being so worried and distracted by all the preparations and details. Jesus said Mary had chosen the better thing—being in Jesus’ presence! And Jesus would never take that away from her!
Jesus doesn’t want to take it away from you either! I believe there are two things Jesus most wants for you and from you this Advent and Christmas: