I’m getting ready to load up the van for our Christmas drive. Loading up the vehicle became more complicated after marriage, and then even more complicated after the birth of two little ones – girls at that! Of course, my philosophy on packing differs from my wife’s. She’s more into trails. Trails of items ranging from shoe boxes to grocery bags filled with odds and ends, and of course regular luggage. I’m learning to chuckle at it, but I do find myself asking why? Why all this hassle? After all, we can see family any old time. We can mail all the presents. Then, we can stay home and relax. Relax.

However, I always come back to the thought that Christmas isn’t about relaxing. Who relaxed in the events surrounding the birth of Christ? The Shepherds were the only ones who tried to relax. Mary gave birth. Joseph felt like a dummy for not getting Mary a hotel room. The wise men traveled risking their lives. The shepherds stumbled in bleary eyed. And of course, the life of Christ was not about relaxing, but about making humanity free via the cross. So, this Christmas, I am packing up the van and driving 11 hours to show my gratitude for God’s provision of salvation in His Son. I’ll relax this summer. Merry Christmas!

Keith "Haynesville"
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Comment by sesport on December 25, 2009 at 21:37
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Venite adoramus, Dominum...

"A baby changes everything ..."

best 80)
Comment by David on December 22, 2009 at 12:02

Christmas... It is so easy, in the rush of the season, to forget the why of the season, isn't it? God born in a stable. I mean, it is rather absurd, not at all the type of birth we would expect, but then God delights in the unexpected. Angels gazing down at their Creator must have been awestruck at a love that would bring the infinite one into our world as a helpless baby.

As I type this, I am listening to Messiah, by Handel, and they are singing , "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light" and they just transitioned to "Unto us a son is given".

Like you, I am in awe...

Comment by jffree1 on December 22, 2009 at 11:23
Merry Christmas, Keith. Drive carefully and maybe when you reach your destination you'll find a few minutes to relax before heading back home.

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