"This year has been different in our house. We have not had the constant flow of guests visiting us. Christmas will no doubt be quieter for us. We will miss the laughter and chattering of family and friends. Last year, we enjoyed one another's company while I prepared Christmas dinner. These changes can bring about feelings of sadness and loneliness for us. We love our families, and it's okay to miss them and long to see them.
I wonder sometimes if Jesus feels the same about us. Do you think He misses spending time with us? Do you think He misses the conversations that we fail to have with Him because we are too busy? Do you think that might make Him experience sadness and loneliness?
Sometimes I think about Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Bible says that Mary "pondered" all the the events surrounding the birth of Jesus in her heart. Not only did she want to think carefully about all that had transpired, she wanted to remember the smallest details of the Savior's miraculous birth.
Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. He is worthy of and deserves our time, and He so longs to fill our hearts with the peace and joy that only He can give."
by: Lanissa Lewis Coker