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So they went in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the Baby as He lay in the manger.  And when they had seen this, they made known what had been told them about this Child, and all who heard it were astounded and wondered at what the shepherds told them.

Luke 2:16-18

Christmas is here! For some people it means a lot of hustle and bustle, others it is a restful and relaxing time. Some spend Christmas with family, others mourn the loss of family. 

For us, Christmas Eve is usually pretty quiet and relaxed. We started the day off with my husband and I cooking food for Christmas Day. It was fun being together in the kitchen, anticipating the fun to come with all our family.

Early afternoon we left for a Christmas Eve service. It was a a candlelight service with Christmas songs of praise. Very beautiful. As I meditated on the gift of Jesus, His birth, His death, our new life of salvation, hope, peace and love, I noticed the that when Jesus was born the shepherds went to Him in a hurry. I picture them chilling out in the fields with their sheep, maybe having some low-key conversations about life, family, etc. Then, out of nowhere, the sky lights up, an angel appears, then more appear, and everything changed for them! 

Let us go straight to Bethlehem, and see this [wonderful] thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 

They didn’t stop to analyze. They didn’t detour to get dinner.  It wasn’t a slow scenic route. No, it was a hurried pace to find the amazing and beautiful gift of Jesus. 

When they found Him, when they had set their eyes upon Him and felt His presence for themselves, they told everyone the good news of His birth. I think they were excited. When they told others of their experience, I think they told it with animated anticipation and hope; it was catching. “…all who heard it were astounded and wondered at what the shepherds told them.”

What about us? Do we hurry to Jesus with great anticipation?  This is what I’m asking myself today. “When I am filled with Joy, hope, pain, despair, confusion, peace---whatever it may be, do I hurry to Jesus? “

Do You?

When we experience His power and love, do we make it known to those around us? Does it astound them?

It’s Christmas time! My prayer for you today is when you experience life today, you will hurry to Jesus with all that it entails.  When you feel the love of your family and friends, hurry to the Source. When you feel alone and in pain, hurry to Jesus. Whatever is yours to have this Christmas time, hurry to Jesus.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told.”

I woke up in the night and I too hurried to Jesus with a deep gratefulness for my Christmas Eve day, cooking with my husband in the kitchen, candlelight service with friends, sweet moments with my children, and a visit to my son’s new house. Every single moment tells me that His presence changes everything!

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