Last night, our family had our Advent with some of our kids’ friends. Advent is a time of reflection with family and friends to remember why we celebrate this season.
As the Christmas season approaches, the busyness of festive preparations can easily distract us from the central meaning of this joyous event. In the midst of the decorations, gifts, and gatherings, it becomes crucial to keep Jesus at the center of our celebrations. In Luke 2, we find a profound story that serves as a poignant reminder of the significance of welcoming the Messiah into our lives.
The narrative unfolds with Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem as the time for Jesus’ birth draws near. Unfortunately, the innkeeper, busy and preoccupied, misses the opportunity to open his doors for the imminent arrival of the Savior. This oversight reflects the danger of allowing the busyness of the season to overshadow the presence of Jesus in our lives.
Reflecting on this gospel narrative, we are prompted to consider how often we may unintentionally overlook the significance of Christ in our festivities. God desires to enter every home, just as Jesus sought a place in that Bethlehem inn. The innkeeper’s missed opportunity serves as a stark reminder that we, too, may miss the blessings and joy that come from welcoming Jesus into our hearts.
In our eagerness to celebrate, it is essential to remember that Christmas is not just about the exchange of gifts and the merriment of festivities. It is about acknowledging the greatest gift of all—Jesus Christ.
Let us continually be mindful of the innkeeper’s missed opportunity and strive to ensure that Jesus is not only invited into our homes but also welcomed into the very center of our hearts. In doing so, we embrace the powerful spirit of Christmas and experience the joy that comes from celebrating the birth of our Savior.