Ready for Christmas?

In the days leading up to Christmas, how often do you hear the question, “Are you all ready for Christmas?” The answer is usually something like, “Not even close.” Right?
 
That is fine.
 
If we’re honest, we’re never truly “ready” for Christmas. We’ll never completely check everything off our to-do list.
 
The first Christmas, Joseph and Mary weren’t exactly “ready” either. Imagine how unsettled their lives were – angelic visions, dreams, immaculate conception, a census, traveling, pregnant on a donkey for miles upon miles, no room at the inn, hungry, tired, cold, and a smelly manger for the Son of God…not what you might call “ready” for Jesus’ grand entrance into the world.
 
Yet, despite all the apparent shortfalls, the first Christmas still came. Jesus – Emmanuel – is truly God with you and me.
 
So, be encouraged. Even if everything is not exactly “ready” the way you’d like it to be, Christmas still comes. God is still with us in the person of Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit. After all, Christmas is first and foremost about “Christ.” Everything else is secondary.
 
Much like in the story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, Christmas still came – even without the packages, decorations, and presents. No one can stop Christmas from coming. Praise the Lord!
 
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
― Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”
 
Don’t miss the essence of Christmas.
 
“…but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:10-11)
 
Blessed Christmas season to you all.
 
-Robert
[KNOW GOD – no regrets]