This will be my last posting until January 8th. I want to take a break from blogging and technology in general to have an old fashioned Christmas with my family. All 17 of us will gather in our house on Christmas evening to find the pickle ornament hidden in the tree, to open gifts and be surprised to find another new toothbrush this year. We will feast Cornish hens, twice baked potatoes, stuffed mushrooms, cranberry salad, and of course, cheesecake to celebrate my lovely daughter's Christmas birthday. We will also read the Christmas storybook I created years ago using old Christmas cards, and all nine grandchildren will help me tell the story.
I love an old devotional in Our Daily Bread entitled Where's the Baby? I think it is excellent, and wanted to share it with you. It goes like this.
*Two women, who were dressed in their finest, were having lunch together in a very exclusive restaurant. A friend saw them and came over to their table to greet them. "What's the special occasion?" she asked. One of the women said, "We're having a birthday party for the baby in our family. He's two years old today." "But where's the baby," the friend asked. The child's mother answered, "Oh, I dropped him off at my mother's house. She is taking care of him until the party is over. It wouldn't have been any fun with him along."
How ridiculous! A birthday celebration for a child who wasn't welcomed at his own party! Yet, when you stop to think about it, that's no more foolish than going through the Christmas season without remembering the One whose birth we are supposed to be honoring!
And that's how many people celebrate Christmas. In all their busyness - the party going, gift shopping, decorating, and family gatherings - the One whose birthday they are commemorating is almost completely forgotten.
Christmas blessings to each of you. May the New Year bring you joy and contentment.
*DeHaan, Richard, Where's the Baby? Our Daily Bread, Dec. 14, 2000, RBC Ministries, http://www.rbc.org/