“I recently learned that celebrating Christmas is not far from the heart of God, either. Feeling like Jesus had gotten lost in the frenzy of the holiday season, I asked the Lord to show me what I could do to teach my children the true meaning of Christmas. I was caught off-guard when He simply replied, ‘Don’t do anything differently. Look in the middle of the celebration and you will find Me.’
He was right, of course. I didn’t need to orchestrate moments to pontificate with my kids about ‘the commercialization of Christmas.’ Instead, Jesus was beckoning me to come to the party and bring the kids. In doing so, we ran into Him at school, in our living room, even at the mall. He hid in the lights, the carols, and the cards. He was there when we dressed the evergreen tree, when Dad dressed up in a red suit, and when we ate turkey and dressing! We got caught up in all the trappings of Christmas only to discover that it was neither the enemy nor the world that set the bait.”
Excerpted from The Adventure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel
Daily Reflection: Are you getting caught up in the busyness of Christmas or are you keeping your eyes peeled to see Jesus in the midst of celebrating His arrival on earth?