I love receiving and giving Christmas cards. This year, Kelly decorated a Christmas card tree just to display the cards that people have sent across the miles and the years. Advent gives us time to reflect on these people and the many other ways we see God working around us. That’s tough to do because some people are shopping, wrapping, partying, attending, and repeating. Others are distracted by an endless cycle of weather, sports, and programs that numb us to the realities of the world. They divert our attention to an opportunity right in front of us. God is still sending his presence, and often, he sends his presence through the people in our lives. Just as the magi, shepherds, Joseph, and Mary did, we have a chance to see and bear witness to God’s continued presence.
Luke did this by taking time to write. It’s a first century Christmas card, if you will. The third verse in the Gospel of Luke is this, “I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.” The word Theophilus simply means, “Lover of God.” It’s as if he’s addressing anyone who loves God and wants to know more about his Truth.
I’m not a Gospel writer, nor would I pretend to be; but the power of the written word is still alive today. When you take time to write something down, what you see is important; you are giving yourself a permanent record of those events. You’ve given yourself a notebook of Christmas cards from heaven. It’s a chance to see and hold onto the moments and reflect on God’s presence across the miles and the moments. So open the envelope, Friends. Take a look, and take note. God’s moving.