“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them…And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!” – Luke 2:8-14 ESV
So many Christmas traditions add sweetness to our merry-making, but others can easily make us indifferent to some of the “holiday favorites.” They become like white noise to us, unnoticeable due to their familiarity. I sometimes feel that way with Luke 2; picture this scene from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” as Linus, blanket in hand, clearly articulates this same Scripture. It is so imprinted upon my mind and heart that the wonder of it can cease to awe me.
Knowing this indifference is dangerous, I prayerfully read the Christmas story each December, seeking what the Spirit highlights for me amid the familiar. This year, the fact that Jesus came for ALL people seemed to be highlighted in bold.
I can forget that, amid my tunnel-visioned living, especially in the moments of weakness that I am prone to judgment: “If I hear her bragging about her Caribbean all-inclusive Christmas vacation one more time, I will punch her smug little face.” If you are smirking at my simulated inner conversations, it is likely because you, too, have had uncharitable thoughts toward others since you are also human and also in need of a Savior to refine you.
We all struggle with our heart’s posture amid the bustle of the last two months of the year. We must stop our judgmental, comparison patterns of thought through the help of the Holy Spirit, who is continually at work in us.
This humble heart posture, remembering that God does not have favorites—even those who seem to always be on the Nice List, produces peace among us since we recognize that we are ALL in desperate need of His saving grace. And the fact, He came for each one of us—yes, even those on the Naughty List. As Colossians 3:15 commands, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
May the Prince of Peace rule your heart and mind this Christmas, friend. May you be grateful for everything and everyone He puts in your path- even the opinionated family members, awkward neighbors, and impolite strangers in the store.
Bek Measmer and the Help Club for Moms Team