“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”” (Luke 10:38-42 ESV)
Christmas is a busy time. There are presents to buy, to wrap, and eventually to open, to play with, to try on. There are meals to fix for family that is visiting, which is why you had to clean the house. There are traditions to be upheld: the hanging of stockings, the lighting of the tree, the tension among family members. There are church services to attend, or to plan and produce. Christmas is so busy that we can fill every minute of every day with some task which is “absolutely required” to pull off Christmas.
But are we so busy that we fail to spend time with Jesus? Where is that in our holiday planning? I think Christmas might be a good day to leave a few things undone and to sit at His feet for a while. We have the chance to celebrate the birthday of our Rescuer, our Redeemer. And we get to spend it with Him. Let’s not pass that up this Christmas.
P.S. Credit and thanks for this blog topic must go to one of my mentors, Joe McKinney. Much love to all the McKinneys and a very Merry (and Mary) Christmas.