December 19

While we were building the home we live in now, we stayed with my parents for two months.  We were all very excited about what our new home would look like, and how it would “fit” our family.  As a result, we made almost daily trips to the house to see the progress.  One evening late in the summer, we all decided we would go to check it out.  We all had different errands to run before we were planning to meet at the house.  I drove, my wife drove, and both my parents drove separately.  We had four cars for the four adults coming.  After we arrived at our new house, we were looking around to see the progress made since the last time we were there.  At one point, I asked my wife where our son was.  She thought I was teasing with her because she thought I had taken him with me.  We questioned my parents and all came to the realization at the same time that none of us had remembered to bring him with us.  We had forgotten our son!

I felt badly, but then I remembered that Joseph and Mary had forgotten Jesus in Jerusalem once too!  My fear at this time of the year is that we are so consumed with the hustle and bustle of the time, that we will forget Jesus.  We have gifts to buy.  We have music to practice for the Christmas concert. We have family get-togethers.  We have football games to watch (ok … that one’s not so important).  We have many things that crowd our heart and our minds at this time of the year that if we are not careful, we will forget the “main character” in this story.

Moses wrote: “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in Thy sight, shew me now Thy way, that I may know Thee, that I may find grace in Thy sight:…” (Exodus 33:13a).  Paul would write later in the New Testament: “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death” (Philippians 3:10).  I want this to be my focus this Christmas season.  Actually, I want this to be my focus every day of my life until I meet Him face to face!

I want to “know” Him.  In Exodus this word has the idea of focusing on, or being acquainted with Him.  In Philippians this word is the Jewish idiom for the most intimate relationship between a husband and a wife.  I want to be careful not to become so busy with the “things” surrounding Christmas that I leave Jesus out of my plans.  I want to know Him more personally … more intimately in these days ahead, beginning today.  I want to spend some time alone with Him getting to know Him better.  Will you join me?

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