“2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
Christmas is hectic, there is so much to do ahead of time. The struggle to find a worthy gift. The effort to gather everyone. Or, in Luke 2:1-7, a long uncomfortable journey and no room to be found at the end of it.
But then there’s the birth.
Time flows differently holding a baby. Then it is just you and that child. The rest of the world quiets and deepens.
Every Christmas Eve, I am struck through again when I feel that mighty stillness,
the wonder of opening into a new world.
The miracle is here.
Lord, you are the joy of the world. Come into our hearts and help us to celebrate the miracle in one another. Amen.
Laurie & Steve Davies