Disappointed. Upset. Angry. Sad. Depressed. We’re all likely experiencing a whole range of emotions right now as the reality sets in that this year’s celebration of Christmas has been interrupted. Christmas might not feel the same because of the latest order from our Governor which places restrictions on indoor gatherings.
To help provide some perspective, let’s remember that this isn’t the first Christmas filled with interruptions. The first Christmas experience was filled with many interruptions including a decree from a ruler that required a very pregnant Mary to endure a 90-mile journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-5). Whether by foot or by donkey, this was no pleasant task for Mary! And when it came time give birth, Mary didn’t conveniently give birth to Jesus in a
sanitized environment with the best accommodations. She gave birth to Jesus in a place that was reserved for farm animals (Luke 2:7).
Just when we think life might get easier, it doesn’t. Mary and Joseph’s life was interrupted again when Jesus was approximately two-years old. They had to flee to Egypt to escape the murderous intentions of King Herod (Matthew 2:12-14). And yet we hear no complaint or protest from this righteous man and woman of God. They exhibit an exemplary humble and quiet faithfulness to God that is instructive for us as we face our first interrupted Christmas.
We’re so accustomed to the sentimental side of Christmas that we forget the sacrificial side. Life wasn’t easy for Joseph and Mary. It was filled with many interruptions. If life wasn’t easy for them and for Jesus, the Son of God, we should not expect life to be easy for us. The good news of Christmas is that Jesus came to conquer the trouble of this world (John 16:33). So, take heart and rest in God, even in the midst of life’s interruptions.