The English love their carols expounding on the weather, even though it’s not likely that the Holy Land was under a snow squall watch at the time of the Nativity. Based on Luke 2.8-20 and Philippians 2.5-11, you can listen to the meaning of “The first nowell” by clicking below.
Once again, video technology failed us, so there is no link to Facebook Live. We’ll try again next week.
We often complain about how busy we get around Christmas time, but if you read the biblical account in Luke 2, you’ll notice that it wasn’t a whole lot less busy that first Christmas: there were crowds making their way to their various towns for the census; the nearby shepherds came along at the angel’s announcement; there was “a great company of the heavenly host” (v. 13 – probably a large army of angels) shouting God’s praise; and there were all the people who were amazed at what the shepherds said (v. 18), many of whom probably went to the cave to see what all the fuss was about.
And we think it’s busy when we go shopping!
In the midst of all that was going on, though, what did Mary do? Jesus’ mother took in everything that was going on around her, and she “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (v. 19).
Yes, there’s a lot going on at this time of year. And we can learn from one of those who was at the centre of it all to step back and ponder.
It’s not easy, but we can do it if we make a conscious choice to do so.
Even if you’re not done your shopping yet, take a few minutes away from the crowd. Grab a coffee, sit down, take in everything going on around you, and pray. Tell God what’s on your mind, on your heart. Share with him your deepest yearnings and desires. Commit to God that you will make this crazy-busy season about him, first and foremost.
After all, Mary did.
Why not take some time right now? Go ahead! Instead of writing more for you to read, I’ll give you time to rest amid this busy time. You won’t regret it.