In His Presence

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Cathy Melendez

“Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm”… is how the Christmas carol goes. Is that the way Christmas is for us? We all seem to find ourselves in a hurry at Christmas.

Once Thanksgiving is over – POW – Black Friday! Many of us get up at crazy hours to rush to the stores to be the first in line when the store opens. There is always that gift we need to get at a special discount rate. And it doesn’t end there. We rush around and hunt for the perfect tree, the perfect decorations, the perfect outfit, etc. that we think we have to have. There are parties to attend, cookies to make, gifts to be wrapped, plus all the food we have to prepare for Christmas. And that’s the way our Christmas season seems to go! There doesn’t seem time for a “Silent Night” or for all to be calm.

Even when Jesus was born things didn’t seem to be very calm. First, there were the crowds of people coming in for the census; so many that all the inns were full. One poor innkeeper had filled all the beds in the inn and they still kept knocking on his door. Mary and Joseph were looking for a place to stay as it was very near time for Jesus’ birth. The innkeeper’s beds were full, but he found them a place in his stable. Then there were the shepherds working that night, when a host of heavenly angels appeared saying, “Go, hurry!” There were wise men from afar, who packed to travel and find gifts to take with them for this new King who was born.

All is calm? I don’t think so. Except maybe at the manger – in His presence. Maybe we need to think about that. Isn’t Christmas really about being in His presence? So, maybe in the midst of the Christmas pandemonium, we need to slow down and be in His presence, especially during this Advent season. Then maybe we can continue that carol …“all is calm, all is bright, ’round yon virgin mother and Child, holy infant so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.”


Dear Lord, be to us as You were to the shepherds and the wise men. Show us Your Son that we may know Your presence in our world. May we have the faith to see Your Son and the courage to follow Him where He guides us. Amen.


TODAY: Pray for someone you know who is a grandparent.