And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
—John 1:14 (NASB)
I stared at my December calendar filled with commitments. There was no room to breathe. Parties. Shopping. Bills. Baking. I struggled with a sense of impending stress and looming anxiety. What had happened to the joyful anticipation of Christmas?
When I was a young girl, my family had used a paper Advent calendar—a winter scene in blue, covered in white glitter. Mom had purchased it at the department store for less than a dollar.
Each morning, my three siblings and I would race downstairs to open a calendar window while we warmed up next to the heat register and ate Cream of Wheat. Then we’d cram our feet into snow boots and race to the bus. I’m sure Mom and Dad had hoped it would be a time for memories and religious instruction, but more often than not, we argued over whose turn it was to open the window—and we did it in the age-old language of children seeking to be noticed in a life-is-not-fair-to-me world.
Rather than the typical stable scene, woodland animals and birds had waited behind each window of that advent calendar. On the twenty-fourth day, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus completed the landscape as “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
The people in Christ’s time had needed a residing Jesus. My siblings and I needed Him too. I still need Him.
I need Jesus at home with me in the planning of parties. Jesus hanging out as I shop. Jesus with me as I pay bills. Jesus lingering in the kitchen during Christmas baking. Jesus breathing peace into all of the details of an overloaded calendar. Jesus, God with us. With me.
Jesus, I am opening wide the window. Come be at home with me.
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