God is Near

Two thousand years ago, on what probably wasn’t a very silent night, Jesus was born.  The God who created the universe had arrived in the small town of Bethlehem. Meanwhile…the city hummed along.  The innkeeper might never believe that he had just sent God into the cold.  Merchants were too busy selling to their customers.  The people in town might scoff at anyone who said the Messiah lay in the arms of a teenage girl.  They were all just too busy to notice.

In the midst of the busyness of the Christmas season, I encourage you to pause; listen; and look. I hope we never become so busy that we fail to notice God in our midst–in our children’s laughter, in the ringing bell of a Salvation Army worker, as we gather with our families for dinner.  And He is present for you in this very moment. At Christmas we remember how God came near.  And we rejoice that he still does today.

©Max Lucado