Christmas, what does it mean to you? I am a Christian. I love Jesus but sometimes I too get lost in all the Christmas buzz and forget what it really is about. My thumbs are sore from all the online shopping and adding to cart and deleting cart. My eyes are sore from the hours of scrolling to find the right gifts or prices on items. I do not want to see the inside of a store again until 2022 (but deep down I know I may take a peak on boxing day, can’t miss all the good sales, lol).

In the midst of all that, I am thinking about Christmas lunch, what should we make? What should we eat? Is it too much, is it too little? Is it too involved that we’ll spend half the day cooking and not get a moment to just sit and breathe in His Presence? What is January going to look like? How much work can I wrap up before the new year so January is not too full on?

My mind is busy, soo busy. Too busy. I don’t know if any of you are like that. For some your mind could be going on and on about the new year’s resolutions and things you want to change or do different in 2022. Christmas time is busy.

When we look at Jesus’ entry into the world, it was a busy time. Jesus was born around census time. Census time was a busy time for everyone. The Israelites all had to return to the town of their descendants so they could be counted in the census in their ancestral town. This means that since Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to return to the city of David, Bethlehem with a heavily pregnant Mary in tow. That must have been super inconvenient and hectic. But, in the midst of all that busyness, in a stable, at night time when all was quiet and still, Jesus was born.

There is a stillness that happens when we are in the Presence of our Jesus. My prayer for you all is that this year, in the midst of all the busyness and planning, you take a moment to reflect on how wonderful Jesus is. That He chose to come down to Earth. He didn’t have to. Papa God didn’t force Him to. Together, they decided and agreed that Jesus be born as one of us. As the creation He created. He lowered Himself to human form not because He was bored in heaven and needed a new adventure, but because He loved us so much and wanted to save us so we could be with Him forever.

We are loved beyond measure and God will do anything to be with us. All we have to do is believe.

John 3:16, “For here is the way God loved the world—he gave his only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.”

Love and blessings,

Melissa Tsingano.

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