Read: Psalm 46:10-11
If you’re reading this on Christmas Day, congratulations! It’s not always easy to take time out on a busy holiday to be alone with God, even if that holiday is allegedly devoted to celebrate His coming to earth in bodily form.
When was the last time you had a “silent night”?
We hope this doesn’t come as a shock, but many people find the Christmas holiday to be stressful. The hustle and bustle of activities, the joys (and challenges) of visiting relatives, stress over what presents to buy (and the stress over what the budget will allow). Then there’s the busyness of the day itself, whether it involves cooking, travel, or both, and the fact that (at least in families with small children) the day probably started earlier than desired!
Then, some of us face a sort of “letdown” at the end of Christmas Day. Some may feel they fell short of expectations (their own or others’). Others may wonder, “Is that it?” All that buildup, all that anticipation, and suddenly it’s over!
“Be still, and I know that I am God”
Today’s Scripture is not a classic “Christmas” passage. But it is appropriate for a busy culture like ours. Even if your celebration was Christ-centered, maybe it was a bit too busy to really allow for reflection.
Meditate on what it meant for God to come to earth as a baby. Marvel in the divine plan that still baffles “conventional wisdom.” Rejoice in the salvation made available by the sacrifice that started in the crib, continued on the cross, and culminated in the empty tomb!
1. How difficult is it for you to “be still” and silently reflect on God’s gift of His Son?
2. How does it encourage you to know that the baby Jesus is “God with us”?
3. How will this make a difference in how you show God’s love to others?