Slowing Down, Making Room

We got a lot of snow this past weekend which always helps prepare you for Christmas. I love this season but sometimes I find all the noise around Christmas can be distracting. The simple birth of our saviour has turned into so many other things.  It’s hard to just slow down and listen to what God might have for us during this month.

John begins his gospel account by saying, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14) Someone once said, that the coming of Jesus into our world was the beginning of the end. God’s plan for redeeming the world was entering its last stages. This is the hope I try to remember each December. It’s just that there is so much calling for my attention.

Philip Brooks wrote the Christmas carol O Little Town of Bethlehem and included these lines:

No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive him still the dear Christ enters in

There is a kind of silent whisper at Christmas. We have to stop to hear it. It’s an invitation to make room for Jesus. It’s the opportunity to pause and reflect on how Christ has changed our world and can change our lives. As John says, “To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)