Only a week and a bit to go. But there’s still lots to be done. Presents still to buy. Christmas cards to finish. Last minute arrangements to be made for Christmas lunch. Holidays? Haven’t even had a chance to think about them.
This time of year can get so hectic - so much to do.
It wasn’t too different that first Christmas. Roads congested with people traveling to register at their place of birth. Towns full. Accommodation hard to find. Food and a place to eat at a premium.
In the midst of all this a small baby was born in an inconspicuous little town. Angels heralded his coming. Shepherds and wise men came to pay their respects. Yet many were unaware of his birth and life continued with all its hustle and bustle.
This young child however grew up and had such an impact on the world that his birth has been remembered and celebrated ever since.
That first Christmas Mary we’re told treasured the words of the shepherds and angels announcing his birth and pondered them in her heart.
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours.
I pray you too would find time this Christmas week to treasure these words announcing the coming of the Messiah, Immanuel - God with us. Ponder them in your heart and give thanks once again for his coming to live among us. I pray you, like the shepherds, would find time to praise and glorify God for the gift of His Son this Christmas.