The Christmas Rush

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “rush.”

sky-3072143_640

How many hurried by Mary and Joseph that day in Bethlehem – rushing to buy food, or gather with family, or find a place to stay?

The town was busy because of the census, but how many really saw?

How many turned them away from their doors – perhaps feeling a little guilty at having no space to help a pregnant woman, but just too frantic and overwhelmed as they tried to look after the guests they already had?

How many heard the baby cry?  And how many of those realised the amazing truth that their Saviour had come?

In all of the rush, it seemed there were only a few who noticed:

A group of shepherds, tending their flocks in the stillness of the nearby fields until the angel’s message called them to go and see.

Some Magi, staring at the stars, willing to embark on a long and potentially treacherous journey to bring their worship.

An elderly man and woman – Simeon and Anna – who had been waiting all their lives for this momentous day.  Still hoping, still expectant, worshipping and waiting with eyes wide open, ready to recognise him when he came.

But how many notice him today?

And how many rush on by in a flurry of parties and present-buying, overwhelmed with family and festivities, doing their best to make it a perfect Christmas, but somehow missing the whole point?

The invitation is open to us all this Christmas to be still and worship, to pause and wonder, to come and see the miracle that is right there in front of us – Emmanuel, God with us.

The Saviour has come.

19 thoughts on “The Christmas Rush

  1. So as I read I was going to comment you made me think of the Casting Crowns song “While You Were Sleeping!” You beat me to it. So important to slow down and worship, especially during Christmastime! Thanks for this today, Lesley!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I love these heart-stirring reflections, Lesley. May we open our hearts to that invitation “to be still and worship, to pause and wonder, to come and see the miracle that is right there in front of us – Emmanuel, God with us.” Love and blessings of a wonder-filled Advent and Christmas!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I think that I saw Jesus
    at Claridges last week;
    was He building bridges
    to those who fail to seek?
    Perhaps He went to see the wealthy,
    reclining in their rooms;
    their doctors keep them fit and healthy,
    but they are surely doomed.
    They love the golden load they carry,
    but the gate is just too narrow,
    and within the ordinary,
    they don’t have tomorrow.
    His heart’s with the impoverished host,
    but it may be rich folk need Him most.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, we all need Jesus, and often it is when we are poor or suffering that we are more open to seek. It’s too easy to believe in our self-sufficiency when it seems we have all we need.

      Like

  4. Dear Lesley, this certainly caught my eye and grabbed my heart –>’too frantic and overwhelmed as they tried to look after the guests they already had?’

    This is certainly something to be aware of, to watch for. May every table have room for another. May every door be open wide …

    Thanks for taking us there.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.