Every year I insist this is the one in which I will be organized and prepared, presents wrapped and treats bought/baked well in advance.
And every year – at least in more recent memories – gifts are being wrapped the night before they’re to be opened, there are few holiday goodies to be found in pantry or fridge, and I’m wondering if I’ll ever “get it right”.
Christmas is still my favourite season, though, even as I bungle my way through parts of it. And here’s why
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. ~Luke 2:8-16 (NKJV)
Merry Christmas, everyone – be it messy or neat, happy and/or sad. Jesus came to be with us in and through it all.