And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God. (Luke 2:13 KJV)
At what point did the day of Jesus’ birth become a moment to rejoice? Mary and Joseph probably rejoiced the moment she held her healthy, crying babe in her arms. So, too, the heavenly host knew when the Savior was born into the world and rejoiced before the shepherds. But it wasn’t until those shepherds reached the manger and saw their faith in the angel’s message confirmed that they knelt before Jesus, rejoicing. Perhaps Joseph’s burst of exultation occurred eight days later when both Simeon and Anna gave thanks to God for Jesus, who they prophesied was the Redeemer.
I love Christmas and the celebration that day has come to be. I am the first to transform my home into an explosion of reds, greens, and gold. I bake dozens of cookies, wrapt countless hand-picked presents, continue traditions passed from my grandmother to my grandchildren, and play joyful carols throughout the season.
But my true rejoicing happens in the quiet moments. Watching my healthy newborn granddaughter in her mother’s arms, seeing my faith in God’s provision for presents, and thanking God for my Savior and Redeemer.
Father God, I rejoice and thank you for all the wonderful moments of Christmas and especially for Jesus.