In and among our busy schedules and activities, let’s make a decision to remain close to the one who is the real reason for our celebration: the Lord Jesus Christ. As I think of pledging myself to spend more time thinking of Him at this time of the year, I can’t help but think of a line from the nineteenth century Lutheran carol, ‘Away in a manger’, that goes:
Be near me Lord Jesus
I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray.
The lyrics are a bit sentimental, and work thanks to some poetic licence; but the encouragement to know an increase in closeness to Christ? That’s something we should be asking for not just at Christmas time but all year round!