“In Search of our Kneeling Places”
In each heart lies a Bethlehem, an inn where we must ultimately answer whether there is room or not. When we are Bethlehem-bound we experience our own advent in his. When we are Bethlehem-bound we can no longer look the other way conveniently not seeing stars not hearing angel voices. We can no longer excuse ourselves by busily tending our sheep or our kingdoms.
This Advent let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that the Lord has made known to us. In the midst of shopping sprees let’s ponder in our hearts the Gift of Gifts. Through the tinsel let’s look for the gold of the Christmas Star. In the excitement and confusion, in the merry chaos,let’s listen for the brush of angels’ wings. This Advent, let’s go to Bethlehem and find our kneeling places.
Our Christmas Search
Each Christmas season we set out on the search for the Christ Child, but even before we get to the first Sunday of Advent, all too many have already fallen into the abyss of Black Friday madness, Cyber Monday spending, party planning, and gift guessing. It’s not even December yet, and some are already wishing it was January. This year, let’s try really hard to truly focus on what the season is all about, the Christ Child. Let’s listen for the angel’s song. Let’s look in wonder for that extra bright star. Let’s ponder the really Good News! Let’s focus on the love that is in every heart of every person we meet. Let’s try to see so many of the time consuming, energy draining details as mere distractions as we wait, and ponder, and wait and ponder some more, all in expectation of the coming of …the Christ Child.
May the above poem by Ann Weems be a blessing to you, along with the Christ-mas season itself!
In His Steps,