A New Perspective
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinus was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2: 1-7 (NRSV)
But the angel said to (the shepherds), "Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:" Luke 2:10 (NRSV)
Juita Kartini comes from Jakarta Raya, Indonesia. Christmas this year was different than previous seasons for Juita. She didn't join a choir, so she wasn't busy with rehearsals. Most of her family members and relatives couldn't come for Christmas, so she didn't prepare a party but went out for dinner instead. She did a little shopping, but it was not as hectic as other years.
The most significant difference was that when she went to a Christmas service at church, she sat with other worshipers rather than with a choir. She followed along with the service in serenity and solemnly listened to the sermon. Tears fell from her eyes when they sang "O Holy Night" and lit candles. She felt peaceful and grateful.
For a long time, Christmas was just an annual tradition with to-do lists and performances. This year, she experienced Christmas from another perspective as she let herself come as a person longing to see the Savior.
Do you long to see the Savior too? Look closely around you and hopefully you can see the Savior thru the love of others who love Him. If you love him, then be sure to share that love with others.
Prayer: dear God, thank you for giving us Jesus, Your son. Help us to share His love with those around us, in Jesus' name, amen.