What’s All the Fuss About Christmas? A
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us. 1 John 3:1
Anytime a baby is born there should be a big fuss! Think about how excited you got when you found out you were going to be a parent. Remember the sheer joy you experienced the day your child, your grandchild, your niece, your nephew… was born. All is right with the world. A new blessing has been given, and love abounds. Remember how excited we all were when Grant and Rachel told us that they were going to have a child? We all celebrated, congratulated, and we wait with anticipation for the birth of their child. How wonderful the miracle of birth is.
But, can you even begin to imagine what it must have been like for the witnesses of the birth of Jesus? Think about the fuss Mary’s news caused, a young unmarried woman was pregnant! Can you imagine what Joseph must have thought when he was told that Mary was pregnant, not worry, marry her anyway? The Shepherds who were casually watching their flocks were told to “go to Bethlehem and see this child that has been born.” What a fuss the angels made and caused when they visited the Shepherds that night. The wise men made such fuss that they left their homes, traveled far just to see Jesus and bring gifts.
I think lovingly of the time my children were small and I had neatly arranged the nativity scene, only to keep finding that the figurines were all crowded around the manger. When I asked why they kept doing that, on e of them said, “Mommy, they all want to see Jesus.” It really is that simple, and children “get it”, usually faster than adults. They were making a “fuss” about the “right stuff” at Christmas. If we will do that, and read the Christmas story with the understanding that the birth of the Saviour of the world is and should be what all the fuss about Christmas is then we will receive the best gift of all – the love that God felt for us when he sent his only son to die on a cross that we would receive the gift of eternal life! Merry Christmas!
Prayer: Lord, help us make a fuss about Christmas today and everyday by showing the love to others that you give to us.Help us to do as Mother Teresa said, “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.” Yes it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand. Amen.
by Paula Richardson, reprinted from 2006