With all the noise – with all the commotion – with all the activity – with all the busyness – it would be easy to miss Jesus at Christmas.
When Jesus was born, most people didn’t even notice. And when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple as a baby according to custom, most people didn’t notice. But Simeon noticed. And Anna noticed. They were paying attention to the activity of God – and so they were able to see Jesus when He showed up.
I’m reminded of a scene from the “Charlie Brown Christmas Special.” The show is cute and sweet – but the defining moment comes when Charlie Brown screams out in frustration and despair: “Can’t anyone tell me what the true meaning of Christmas is?”
With a peaceful and calm voice, Charlie Brown’s friend Linus answers. In the silence of the moment, he walks to the center of the stage, says, “Lights, please,” and begins to recite, “And there were in the same country shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night . . .”
This is a busy, chaotic time. Let’s be careful not to miss Jesus.