The Season of Wonder
This holiday season is going to be particularly rough on everyone around the globe. The wanting to spend the Eve or Christmas Day with loved ones tugs at our inner most feelings.
Although it is terribly sad that we have to separate ourselves from one another for a bit, one must keep their eye on the reward. The reward of being able to sing, dance, and be merry with our friends, neighbors, and family again may look like a bit away, but in reality it is in the not too far distant future. We just have to keep vigilant for a bit longer.
It is no secret that I love my family and treasure each member and this season will be particularly difficult for me and my family. For me, the gift of Salvation and the gift of Family are the most treasured gifts I have ever received. Christmas is a time of celebration regardless of where we are or with whom we may be. A celebration of life, the baby Jesus, Savior, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Immanual are a few names for Him. It is the Season of Light; so many hopeful words to describe this time of year. It is this wonder of long ago that the Christmas season is created as a time to share and reflect.
I heard a podcast by an Episcople priest say that the story of Mary and Joseph being denied a place in the Inn may not be correctly understood. We may think the innkeeper said “no room” and sent them to the shed or barn to be with the animals. However, at the time of Jesus birth, the Inn was a place where rooms were kept but it was more than a one or two story building.
Commonly for that period, the animals were kept in the lowest section of the house (Inn) in what we would refer to as the basement or cellar. In that area was a loft, for the keeping of hay and feed for the animals. It is here that Joseph and his betrothed, Mary, were given a place to have the baby, Jesus. A warm area and still within the Inn. It may have been no special room at the Inn but there was plenty of privacy and room in the loft near the animals.
Interesting how we each perceive the birth of Jesus. It is magical and mythical but also documented to be true. The baby of Mary and Joseph was born in Bethlehem and was visited by the Magi from the East who presented gifts of gold, frankincence, and myrrh to the King.
With that…..I wish each a wonderful Christmas season. Regardless of how you worship or believe, rejoice for there is great reason to be thankful!
2 Thessalonians 3:16: Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.