Christmas Meditation

December 24, 2001
by Elaine Ingalls Hogg

Luke 2:11 – Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord. (NIV)

Every year I rebel against the onslaught of the commercial Christmas season. Although I endeavour to guard my time and strive to reflect the spiritual and holy side of Christmas, it is easy to get busy with practices for the church choir, playing for services and concerts, shopping for family, and the bustle of the season.

Do you, too, find that instead of having more time to worship Christ, he is being crowded out of your life? Do you find yourself coming into this holy season, tired and drained both physically and emotionally?

In the rush of our busy days, let's pause at the manger now, and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Let's examine our hearts, our lives, our minds, and ask our Saviour to show us how we, at this blessed Christmastime, and even the whole year through, can give the Christ Child a gift of meaningful worship. He can't use the gifts we buy, or the cooking or planning we do, but he can use us.

    Come silently to the manger now
    And bring your gift so rare:
    A helping hand, a few kind words,
    A willing heart, a silent prayer.

    As you give your gift this Christmas
    Like worshippers long ago,
    May you find the peace Christ promised
    When He told you He loves you so.

Prayer: Help us, dear Saviour, to come to the manger and see you with the same awe and wonder as the first visitors of long ago. Amen.

About the author:

Elaine Ingalls Hogg <authorhogg@yahoo.ca>
Smiths Creek, New Brunswick, Canada

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