Luke 2:1-20

Are you ready for Christmas?  Today is Christmas Eve and there are many thoughts, hopes, dreams and expectations abounding out there.  Many of us can still remember the child-like wonder of Christmas.  Many have worked tirelessly to make Christmas special.  It’s snowing outside right now and for so many that will make Christmas, Christmas.  Just a little trivia here…According to the Guinness Book of World Records, White Christmas by Bing Crosby is not only the best-selling Christmas/holiday single in the United States, but also the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

For many of you, you will head off to Christmas Eve services (3, 7 and 10:30 at First Presbyterian Church of Joliet) for your favorite songs/hymns, hearing the Christmas story told in Scripture and, of course, candles.

In the back of many will be thoughts of “did I get everything done?”…”what did I forget?”.  And yet, Christmas will still come whether you or I are ready of not won’t it?  So, for today, I’ll leave you with this thought from the devotional book I have been reading this Advent season:

We are “to be dazzled that at Christmas something happens beyond all our calculations.  This is a baby and a wonder and a gift that are designed to move us beyond ourselves”. (‘Celebrating Abundance” by Walter Brueggemann)  

So, instead of wondering if we are ready or not for Christmas, let us instead be dazzled by God’s gift to us – Jesus, born in Bethlehem but who is with us today and tomorrow.