Christmas Surprises: Luke 1: 39-40

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Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth.  Luke 1:339-40 The Message

Christmastime is filled with hurry and scurry but Mary did a different kind of hurrying. She didn’t rush about buying gifts, preparing a house for a newborn. She did a couple things  that we can heed as we look at this verse.

Don’t waste a minute!

With so much to do and so little time, we can get caught up doing things that don’t matter much, especially in light of eternity. Mary got the news from the angel and immediately made a few plans and acted on them. She realized how important time is with family and how important action is. During the holiday season, take advantage of the joyous occasion to visit family, sharing in the awesome wonder of the Christ Child. Don’t hurry about buying things without being together with those you love. We all know it’s not about the stuff so let’s make sure that we keep our focus on Christ and our loved ones. Use the holiday season to share love and create memories together that will far outlast the latest fad, toy or electronic device. Spend time with those you love. Don’t waste a minute!

Don’t get sidetracked!

The verse says Mary went “straight to Elizabeth’s house”. There is no doubt with all the Christmas parties, shopping, commercials, and gifts we can all be easily distracted. Mary’s direct line to her cousin’s house reveals that we must make a conscious effort to be with family and friends and loved ones during this time of the year. Traveling during the holiday rush can frustrate anyone, as can shopping, parties and the commercialism surrounding Christmas. But don’t get sidetracked by all of that. Stay focused on the One this is all about: Jesus. Celebrate Him with your loved ones and enjoy the journey together.

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