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Christmas Mess

Christmas Mess

It’s not December yet, and I already feel like things have gotten out of control. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I look around and my initial response is not peace. We have done a great deal of our decorating with four trees displaying Christmas cheer, but we haven’t finished. That means we have boxes throughout the house, and we won’t have any time before this weekend to finish the job. TMI, I know, but please don’t judge us.

This may be the first time you have heard this, but this is the norm. It is very common for the Christmas season to look like this: projects started but not completed; things moved to decorate but no place to put them; half-wrapped presents in the corner; and groceries for school parties and get togethers waiting to be assembled into something delicious.

If this describes your house at some point during the Christmas season, it’s okay. We aren’t judging. And if you don’t know what I am talking about, please keep it to yourself…really.

The clutter and disarray that comes with Christmas is normal. Actually, it is biblical. Let’s look at the very first Christmas…it was not an organized success.

No doctors or nurses or midwives were present. The baby—who was the Son of God—was born surrounded by animals and their stink and probably some farm equipment. And to add insult to injury, Mary wasn’t able to send thank you notes to the Wise Men because they didn’t leave a return address.

The most important part of the story is not the gifts that were given to Jesus. It wasn’t about the crowd that showed up. The most important part of the story is God showed up. God came down to dwell among us and show us how to live…to show us what life really is.

No, what we need to get right at Christmas is not the best party, perfect gifts, or prettiest decorations. It is Jesus. That’s the one thing we have to get right. Jesus is the perfect gift, but He doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He came for us as messed up and broken as we are. Jesus wants us, scratches and dents and all, and Jesus will make us into something useful. Jesus is who we thank God for at Christmas, and as long as we are praising Him with our celebrations, we’ll all look pretty good.

Blessings to you,

Joe

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