Advent Devotional: Reminder Response

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, …” The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God….On coming to the house, they [the Magi] saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him (Luke 2:13-14, 20; Matthew 2:11a).

I want Advent to be different this year. Beginning BEFORE Halloween and continuing through November and then through Advent right up to Christmas Day, we are subjected to sights and sounds designed to motivate us to buy, buy, buy! I confess: this just bothers me. I feel as though I’m being attacked, and the result is that I want to resist almost anything Christmas. I get pretty close to “Bah Humbug.” Only the beauty of Christmas music saves me from that.

By the afternoon of Christmas Eve, with great thankfulness that the busyness and the exposure to the Christmas marketing efforts of thousands are ending, I am prepared to enjoy a few moments of quiet worship time with the family before the chaos of gift-opening with the grandchildren. Thus, not all Christmas spirit is lost, but it could be much better.

The angels, the shepherds, and the Magi show us the way. Christ is come! Praise God! Glory to God! As taught by the Magi, let us bow and worship. Why not choose to turn occasions of marketing barrage into reminders of the blessings of His birth on earth and His birth within us? This year, I want to choose the better response.

Jama Martin is married to Bob. After some 40 years in Georgia, they have retired to Wilmore, where she has found much to do— when she’s not off to Georgia or Virginia to check on the grandchildren.