By Pastor Fred Gillett
Throughout this Christmas season, I have been looking around me at the traffic and the crowded stores, and hearing about the doubling of air travel fees, the striking unions leveraging the holidays to get attention, I wondered, “Isn’t this supposed to be a time of peace?” We are celebrating the coming of the Prince of Peace and here we are in the middle of chaos.
As I read in the Bible about a young couple who was forced by a government census to travel from where they lived to the young man’s birthplace, quite a distance, I am reminded that they had no car. They walked about 80 miles with a group, the wife pregnant, riding on a mule. It would take them at least two days on foot. By the time they got to their destination, all the hotels were full. The wife was starting labor, so the husband furiously looked for a place to, at least, get her under cover. They had to use a stable and she gave birth to her baby boy while lying on a dirty stable floor. No midwives available, no sterile birthing table, just the husband and wife with a bunch of animals watching. They then had to wrap the baby in swaddling cloth and lay him in a feeding trough used by the animals. While trying to recover from having just given birth, the visitors arrive – sheepherders, lookie-loos, astronomers, you name it. All came looking for the Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father in the flesh.
The bright light shining in the sky all night, a mass of angels singing, people bowing, everyone in awe…and I am complaining?
Prayer: Dear Lord, even amidst all the busyness of Christmastime, please allow me not to complain…but to rejoice…experiencing your peace in everything I do. Amen.
Devotion: How are you experiencing the days leading up to Christmas?