As I was putting up lights in preparation for our Christmas Eve Celebration, I was contemplating our upcoming celebration.
Family is big for me. Being all together, all crowded into whatever space fits. Boisterous with love and laughter, jokes and sarcasm, giggles and teasing, sharing memories and making more, and of course, lots and lots of food.
Rarely do we celebrate in the same way. The food changes from one year to the next; from make your own pizza to a full on Italian feast, the next time it might be a traditional ham or turkey dinner, or maybe it's chicken and dumplings and a full on country festival of foods. This year it's a low country boil, done up right, with crawfish and the whole nine yards.
Maybe this year we will sit around the fire pit and sing a few Christmas songs. We might watch 'Elf' (because our official 'elf on the shelf' is a replica of 'Buddy' and we've never seen the movie <gasp>). Eventually we will settle into the evening in our brand new Christmas Eve PJs (cause you've got to look cute for pictures in the morning). The Christmas story will be read by my husband, while everyone else in the room joins in with thoughts and questions. The little guys will head to bed to anticipate the gift giving that will be coming on Christmas morning.
You get the idea. Nothing is set in stone, yet it's set on a firm foundation. We are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through the love, through the music and the singing, through the Word spoken and our spoken words. Jesus is the reason for the celebration. Cliche, (maybe) but it's always and forever going remain: Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Jesus Is the Reason! Jesus! The One Who Was, Who Is, and Who Is Coming Soon.
I pray that you too, will contemplate the reasons and presence of Jesus during your preparation for your Christmas Celebration. Consider and think about His presence as you wrap those final gifts. Remember that it's not so much about the presents, as it is about His presence. Make sure you remember to invite Jesus to your celebration.
Revelation 1:8 MSG
The Master declares, “I’m A to Z. I’m The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About to Arrive. I’m the Sovereign-Strong.”