Don't Miss It
By: Kristen L. McNulty
Christmas is coming and while December 25th will come and go for all of us, there are two entirely different ways of living and observing this Christmas season. We could look around us and not let our eyes catch anything but the crowded parking lots and stores, the extra expenses taking a hit on our wallet or the turmoil that seems to be exemplified at this time of year. Or we could look around us and take notice of the wonder in a child’s eyes, the joy that comes with giving, and embrace the complete mystery which surrounds the truth that God came to our earth as an infant.
When we allow our eyes to focus on what matters and allow our hearts to embrace the beauty of Christmas, an incredible thing happens. We get a glimpse of the holy moment that occurred when Christ stepped down into our world over 2000 years ago. Which is a gift that is all too easy to miss.
Just think of the first Christmas for a moment. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem nearly an entire city missed out on what was happening right down the street. Here was the most incredible moment in all of history, and they were so consumed by a census and their own lives that they missed it. Don’t let that be your story.
This Christmas open your eyes to the miracles God is doing all around you and then roll up your sleeves and choose to take part in them. Put aside the adult cynicism for a moment and instead put on childlike vision. Choose to see the world through the lens of someone who is open to the mystery and looks to find opportunities to experience Jesus by being His hands and feet this season. Whether that’s going to the mall and buying some presents for the local toy drive or offering a ride to someone who is walking with an arm full of packages or visiting with someone you know is lonely. When we choose to celebrate Christmas in that way, we are reflecting the light that came into our world when Jesus was born and we are changed as we encounter Him and discover the beauty this season is all about.
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