The music began in September. The parties have started. Gifts are being bought. Decorations are being seen on every building, tree and anything that does not move. The nights are brighter than ever as all the lights began to compete for brightness. There is a rush in the air as everyone runs out of time and become extremely frustrated at not being able to find the right gift. Not right in looking for something useful but right because we never know how much the other person may spend for their gift to us. We must not look cheap.
Christmas carols seem to be changing from the theme of the season to anything with bells, snowmen, reindeers, the man Santa. We even wish for snow in our 30 degree weather. That’s our modern day Christmas.
The WISE men from the east who came to Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth asking, “Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews? We saw HIS star in the east and have come to WORSHIP HIM.
“TO WORSHIP HIM...” they declared. I don’t seem to hear that statement coming from the parties, decorations, lights and, of course, our Christmas bonus. Worship seems to take the back seat and wait until finally someone brings to our attention what all of this rushing here and there is all about. We then in almost a pretentious way sit for a few minutes of meditation. The church schedules something for us and we rush to the event. We give a few minutes to what we would like to be considered worship.
The express purpose of the wise men was to WORSHIP HIM. I wish I could see that in our season. Our Lord is patient and He waits until we have done our own thing and then hope we don’t completely forget Him. He is precious.
Do I have a gift? Should it not go to Him? Do I feel any shame that I probably have forgotten Him. PRECIOUS, PRECIOUS IS HE! His earthly birthday, born of the virgin Mary, should be treated as we would treat someone PRECIOUS to us.