Betwixt and Between:
a midway position : neither one thing nor the other
Thanksgiving is over.
Christmas is soon.
A large Thanksgiving meal–prepared and eaten. Giving thanks for the many blessings we have had throughout the year–a reminder that all throughout the year is time to be grateful.
Yes, yes, I’ll get back to that after Christmas.
When the meal is done and all have gone home, many pull out the decorations and begin to prepare for Christmas. There are about four weeks to plan, shop, write and send cards, possibly travel, prepare another meal. It feels hectic. It can be.
Wait…this season is beautiful. It is filled with reminders: the coming birth of Jesus Christ, Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem in preparation for the census, a manger will hold the newborn Babe, a star directs shepherds to the Christ Child, the Holy One.
We should be aware and watching for the Star of Bethlehem, be traveling with Mary and Joseph, be there at the manger.
Why are we rushing to and fro in search of something material when the true Gift is coming right into our hearts? Why are we so busy with things that are ‘expected’ yet may not be ‘necessary?’ Why are we not still, awaiting for the Savior to come? Why are we not looking up?
I know, I know. Christmas is when we gather and give. Gift-giving may be to children and others. There may be expressions of love. Family and friends who have been apart for a long time may come together for the holiday. I am not saying that this is all wrong. But we need to slow down and look up. We need to remember Who Christmas is about and what He means to us. He came to save us from our sins, from ourselves. He came to lay His life down for us…for me.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:11-14
Father in Heaven, forgive us for being so wrapped up by the world and all of the things of it. Forgive us for forgetting Who You sent into this world for our salvation. Forgive us for thinking that we understand what this beautiful Christmas season is all about when we often barely give Jesus a thought in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Father, I pray for the many who are so caught in the stuff of Christmas. I pray that they will not miss another Christmas of You, of Jesus. I pray that they will see all that they have been missing for far too many years. I pray that the eyes and ears of our hearts be opened to the coming of Your Son, Your One and Only Gift. May we stand before the manger in awe this Christmas and know that Your Love has come to us, come for us. May we be still and quiet so we will know the Spirit of Christmas. May our hearts be calm to hear Your Voice. I pray that we will see Your perfect Gift. May praises come forth from our lips and hearts; may our songs be filled with thanksgiving. Father, I pray that we will not be standing betwixt nor between, but would stand strong with You and beside You. I so pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.