By Karen Polich
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means God with us).
“Are you ready for Christmas?” With only a few days left until we celebrate Christmas this year, this question seems to pop up in every conversation. If ready means having gifts wrapped and meals planned, then no. I am one who has not found the time to finish taking care of the Christmas details, but if it is the condition of my heart, then yes. My heart is ready for Christmas. There is joy and excitement in reading the Christmas story. There is awe in the knowledge of ‘God with us’.
Schedules are packed during the Christmas season. It is easy to fill every moment we have with something to do. Spreading Christmas cheer takes time! The hustle and bustle of Christmas is nothing new.
There was so much activity going on in Bethlehem surrounding that first Christmas, that Mary and Joseph could find no place to stay other than a stable. The town was buzzing with people who had come for the census. Bethlehem was bursting at the seams.
Amidst all the activity, Jesus was born. Immanuel, God with us, made His arrival! Angels rejoiced and shepherds came to see the King. I don’t think Mary would have imagined Jesus’ birth involving travel and a stable, but there He was, laying in a manger as the angels rejoiced.
This Christmas, let’s embrace the joy of God’s gift through His son Jesus Christ. Our schedules may be busy and things may not go just as we have planned, but God has already given us the greatest gift.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
May you have a heart full of joy this Christmas.