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Sunday, December 11, 2011

What’s the Rush?

I’ve made, wrapped and mailed what seemed like a 1000 presents. I’ve baked two batches of cookies.  And that is where it ends. My Christmas cards~ well I know I purchased them last year….they are in one of the boxes that currently sits in my living room. Which of course means that the room looks something like this:

I know that some people had their tree up on like November 1st. But truthfully I like to pause and be thankful. Nordstrom always gets a big “thumbs up” from me.

nordstrom puts thanksgiving first photo

Because really, what is the rush? I often think that we just hurriedly go through the motions just so we can check off another item from our lists. I also have a hunch that some people are tearing down their Christmas tree on December 26th because they can’t stand looking at it one more day.

The first day of Christmas actually begins on December 25th and culminates 12 days later with the Epiphany on January 6th. (I know that you know the song….) Shouldn’t we pause, reflect and remain joyful about Christ’s birth throughout the entire season?

I have a strong suspicion that the Magi were busy men. Yet they stopped to take time to follow a star.

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Adoration of the Magi ~Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

The Magi were called Wise Men for a reason. We don’t know exactly what their profession was or where precisely they lived. But we do know that they were important enough to get a mention in the bible. I like to think it was because even though they were of great importance they stopped what they were doing and began, what was no doubt, a very rough road trip that lasted for days.

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 Journey of the Three Magi to Bethlehem ~ Leonaert Bramer c. 1638~1640

I don’t think it was an oversight that God chose His only son to be born in a lowly stable (which I have written about HERE) or that the baby Jesus was visited by some of the most influential people of the time.

Adoration of the Magi ~ Rogier van der Weyden c. 1460

Nor do I think it was an oversight that the Wise Men have been presented as being of different races. I believe that God wanted to make a point that His love and salvation is available to everyone regardless of financial status, profession, sex or color. 

Adoration of the Magi ~ Francesco Bassano c. 1567-69

But we seem to be losing our focus regarding Christmas. Where is the wonder and awe about Christ’s birth? Shouldn’t we all be on our hands and knees giving thanks for His birth?

Adoration of the Magi ~ Jacopo dal Ponte  c. 1560-65

So once again I am sending out a plea to put Christ back in Christmas, remember the reason for the season. The celebration begins December 25th and lasts through January 6th.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem”. ~ Matthew 2:1

Laura

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