Have you ever watched a sunset at the ocean? At first the sun is high in the sky and is easily seen, and then it begins to slide downward until its rays cast long fingers across the water. As one watches it, the sun gets lower and lower until at last it seems to slip into the oceans depths and disappears.
Last night in prayer meeting one of the ladies in my prayer group prayed this: “Lord, help us not to lose sight of the message of Christmas.” Isn’t it easy when things get so busy in December to miss what we’re supposed to see? Just like the sun that moves so slowly downward until it eventually disappears, we can gradually let Christ disappear from our view when at one time He was in a very prominent place. When the sun sets it’s still there, we just can’t see it. When we get so busy with our plans and activities that we don’t focus on God’s gift to us in the person of His Son, He is still there, we just don’t see Him any longer.
Don’t lose sight of the most important part of the Christmas season – the Lord Jesus.
- Create family times that remind your children of why Jesus came. You could make little gingerbread boy cookies that represent Jesus and place him in a manger bed, made of some other treat like ramen noodles covered in butterscotch chips. Let them play with an inexpensive nativity set or buy some flannel graph that tells the Christmas story.
- To keep yourself thinking on the Savior you could do a study on the Scriptures that tell of Christ’s birth. A couple years ago I did Beth Moore’s study Jesus the One and Only and was so blessed by it as it detailed Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection. I would highly recommend it to you.
- Perhaps you (and your family) could find a way to minister to a need this Christmas. Visit a nursing home and encourage those folks. Provide a meal or Christmas cookies for a family that wouldn’t have any otherwise.
Whatever you do, don’t lose sight of the Son. Keep Him high and lifted up in your Christmas activities this year.