God’s Christmas story is full of travel. Mary and Joseph traverse some 80 miles on foot and burrow, traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The shepherds leave their fields and flocks in haste, racing to the manger to see the newborn Savior. The Magi, Persian princes, see a prophetic star and caravan across the desert seeking to worship the newborn King. God calls you to travel this Christmas as well.
Christmas beckons us to leave ordinary time for something more precious and true. God never asked us to deck the halls, fill the boxes, send the cards, bake the cookies, or troll fa-la-la-la-la. Indeed, God invites us to direct our souls towards that Holy Night when Christ was born into the world. Christmas dawns as a spiritual journey away from ordinary activity and into worship.
Let us make our Christmas pilgrimage: traversing, kneeling, praising, glorifying, adoring, singing, studying, serving, giving, dancing, pondering, and praying. Let us peer into that humble feed-box, cradling the Mysterious Love of God. Let us make our way towards Christmas, opening our souls to God and receiving the gift called: Jesus, Savior, Lord, Christ, Anointed One, Messiah, Emmanuel, God with us, Prince of Peace, Lord of Love, King of Kings , Forgiving Judge, Light of the World, Son of God, Son of Man, Living Water, Teacher, Master, The Word, The Way, Redeemer, Sacrifice, The Crucified, God Incarnate, Hope of All, Grace, Love, Truth, Life, Name Above All Names and names yet to written on our hearts.
I pray that you will open your soul, and travel to Christ this Christmas.
Grace and Peace,