The weeks leading up to Christmas can sometimes seem like a burden: obligatory family events, parties to attend, traveling, shopping. But what about Christmas itself?
Before the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph traveled afar to be counted in the census. Far away from their home town of Nazareth, they found shelter in a stable in time to rejoice in the Christ child’s birth. And who was there to celebrate with them? Strange shepherds and mysterious angels.
When we celebrate Christmas, we are continuing the tradition begun by Mary and Joseph—the tradition of meeting unlikely friends in a place that may not be our home. Even among our own home and possessions, we are still travelers on a perpetual journey to seek the face of Christ, whose birth we anticipate and whose coming we celebrate.
Wherever you go and whatever you do this Christmas season, keep Jesus at the heart of it.
They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth…They desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. (Hebrews 11:13,16)
Lord, I seek the child. I seek Your face.