Advent is about making the journey to Bethlehem to meet Jesus and deciding to invite him into your heart and home. To invite him into your celebrations. To give him a place at your dining table. Tonight, on this wondrous Christmas Eve, we arrive at our destination and await the birth of the Christ Child. You and I can nestle down into the calm peace of a silent, holy night.
In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus asks us to come to him if we are weary and He will give us rest. Are you tired from all the preparations? Me too! Ok, time to stop. Your Christmas dinner doesn’t have to be award-winning as much as it needs to satisfy the souls of those whom you seek to nourish. You are sharing communion with your guests in the best sense of the word. The breaking of bread and the offering of prayers with your dear ones; nothing more sacred. Serve your guests love with the mashed potatoes. And acceptance with the gravy. Forgiveness with the turkey. And joy with the cranberry sauce. And offer seconds of each, thirds if they need it. At your feast, Christ’s love should be shared by all. And so, dear ones, my prayer is that Jesus will be the honored guest at the head of your table offering to each what he came give: peace on earth and goodwill to men.
Blessings to you and yours, Linda