I know, Christmas is coming. I know. And I’m constantly reminded to slow down and enjoy the spirit of the season. I promise I’m trying to but it isn’t easy. See, this is the busy time for our office because our kids will soon have their December break and moms and dads are already calling us to get in her for their appointments and check-ups. Our awesome staff is super busy trying to acomodate everyone. Plus our year is nearing the end and there’s always lots of business type stuff to do. Our accountant typically calls us and wants to look at the books to make sure we’re ready for the end of the year. And then there’s my own kids that I need to be ready for because they would like to see presents and trees and lights at their own house.
And then there’s church. And that’s when I’m reminded (again) that I need to slow down and relax and allow God’s grace to come in and put me in the Christmas spirit. This is about the birth of our Savior and recently we read this from the third chapter of Luke. It’s the voice of the son of Zechariah, John the Baptist and he’s asking the Jewish faithful to prepare themselves for a visitor, a new King. One that will not rule not by the end of a pointed spear, but with Grace and Love and Forgiveness.
A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.
Remember that when this was written, Jerusalem was ruled by the Roman Army and the Jews had been patiently waiting for a military King that would overthrow the Romans. And here’s John the Baptist going through the towns and cities and asking the people to prepare themselves for their new King.
So even though most of us are running around like maniacs and trying to do our best with respect to our business, our homes and our kids, I would ask each of us to make some time for our new King. He has come to this earth not to rule us by the end of a pointed spear but with Grace, Love, and Forgiveness.