This is the first sign of Christmas in my house, and the last to come down. In fact, the Holy Family and a rotating guest or two stays out all year for good measure. There is such a crowd here, seeking a glimpse of the child in the manger.
Alongside the many animals who gathered (which includes a German Shepard and a couple of pigs - how odd), are several who didn't make the Biblical recitation of the event. There are the well-dressed and the beggars, the young and the old, the worshipful and the awestruck. They are all hurrying to see the Earth's Savior.
The same still happens this time of year: at Christmas concerts and tree lightings and shopping malls. Hurrying throngs, awestruck and hopefully worshipful. But even as we all rush in the same direction; the truth is we rush on individually. Yes, Christ came to save the world, but He does it on a one-on-one basis. It is the individual heart that must come to him: young or old, well-dressed or ragged - even well-dressed and ragged. Regardless of the crowd that presses in upon us, the journey is made in solitude - one Savior, one saved at a time.
Take a break from the crowd this season - just come!