I Want More Details

It’s Christmas Eve … even though it’s an overcast, balmy 64 degree morning in Cenla. Far too often we complain about the weather. It’s either too hot or too cold. Too much rain or too dry. I can’t help but wonder what the weather was like as Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem …. considering the fact she was about to deliver her baby. Surely there’s more to the Savior’s birth narrative than our quick reading of Luke 2 once a year. Most parents love to talk about the birth of their children; especially when something funny or unusual occurred. Both of my children were born in a first class hospital with an incredible doctor by Joanna’s side. Something very unusual occurred with the birth of our first born – our son Joshua. That’s a story for another time.
When we meet face to face, I hope Jesus shares the details of his parent’s journey and being born in a “barn” with a food trough for a bed. I hope He tells us what it was like for his parents to be denied comfort and safety by the inn keeper. Did they take it in stride or were they upset? Surely their were a ton of emotions that night?! When I stop to ponder it all, I am ashamed about whining and complaining about insignificant things. There is also an overwhelming sense of humility and gratitude that the Lord Jesus had it far less than me … and that the Heavenly Father CHOSE it that way!
As I sit here and write, I glance across the room and see a mound of beautifully wrapped gifts. The temperature in the house is just right and all of my family are snuggled warmly in their comfortable beds!
It is so easy to say “Jesus is the reason for the season” but if I’m honest … on any given moment it tends to be about family, food and plans.
Our Lord and Savior deserves so much more!!!!!!! I do wish you and your family a MERRY CHRISTMAS!! But more than that, I wish for you and your family a Christ-filled and Christ-centered Christmas. A Christmas that might be remembered and talked about for years to come.