Chaplain Kory J. Burel
Citizens Baptist Medical Center
Thanksgiving has passed and now the gearing up for Christmas is on full throttle. We will spend time shopping for loved ones and trying to find the right gift for the right person. Statistics tell us the average man will spend around 750.00 and the average woman will spend around $500.00. There will be Christmas parties to attend for families, work, and whatever group that wants to have one. There will be Christmas parades and plays. There will be movies to watch and Christmas cookies to make. There will be decorations to adorn the inside and outside of our houses. There will be wish list from kids to Santa. Oh yea, we got to find a parking space at the mall to get the coveted Christmas picture with Santa. It has to be with real bearded Santa. ARE YOU TIRED YET?! Through all that, we have not gotten to the real meaning of Christmas. Jesus. Here is a verse unfamiliar with the Christmas story but I think it will help:
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)
Stop. Slow down. Pace yourself. Mediate on this verse. Allow yourself to understand that Jesus is God in the flesh. Jesus is the Savior of the world. There is no other name by which we must be saved. Stop. Breathe. Reflect. If you don’t get the perfect present for your Aunt Juniper, it is OK. If you miss Jesus and the reason for this time, if you have missed a blessing. You remember when Jesus went to the house of Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus (Luke 10). Martha was trying to get everything ready. Mary was sitting at the feet listening to Jesus. What a message for most of us today at this Holiday time. Make sure you STOP and spend time with the Lord. Be like Mary. Have a “Mary” Christmas.