It is our tradition to hide Jesus among the presents on Christmas Eve after the kids have gone to bed. Whoever finds Him in the morning gets to pass the gifts out to everyone, but some how after the holidays last year, we lost Jesus! We must have carelessly packed Him away and slipped Him into a random plastic bin in the barn; because we found him at the beach this fall in a Rubbermaid tub of umbrella anchors, pails, and shovels.
Isn’t it nice know the LORD will never lose us! (see Jn. 10:28; 6:39) It is also comforting to know, He is always with us! (see Dt. 31:6-8; Josh. 1:5; Heb. 13:5) No matter what we are going through now or face in the coming year, our Heavenly Father knows and cares about us. (see 1 Pt.5:7; Ps. 55:22; Mt. 10:29-31; 6:25-29)
I hope you remember Jesus this Christmas, but also that you won’t casually set Him aside and forget to enjoy God’s presence, His comfort, forgiveness, grace, peace, joy, hope, wisdom, truth, guidance, and love, all year long!
Try Something New This Year
Why not start a simple Christmas morning tradition of your own:
- swipe the baby from your manger scene or pick up a more durable “Jesus” at the dollar store to hide among your gifts
- read Luke 2 as a family
- sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus with your little ones
- put up a stocking for the Savior and let everyone write or dictate a short thank you note to Him
- or be creative and come up with an original way of reminding your family what Christmas is all about…
Just to keep it “real”…
(in case you were ever under the impression that I have it all together)
Over the past few months, I have found Jesus in the glove box in the truck, in coat pockets, on the mantle, on bookshelves, and half a dozen other random places around the house; He never made it back to storage in the barn. So, wouldn’t you know, and I do hate to admit it, now that it’s Christmas, we can’t find Him!!!
Even if you are not, like me, literally “looking” for Jesus, I hope that you are Seeking Him this Christmas!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holy-days to you as you remember and anticipate Christ’s “advent”; His first “coming” and His return!