How many important events in your life are marked by the memory of sore feet? Cramming our feet into uncomfortable shoes for special days seems to be a “thing” in our culture. I’ve certainly done it! I still remember the shoes I wore to my high school graduation. They were beautiful, shiny blue high heels. I stood on them for about 10 hours that day. It felt like weeks before the blisters healed.
If there’s one thing that doesn’t need to stress you out this season, it’s getting out your fancy shoes for Christmas. Now, if shoes are your thing, find the best and wear them with pride. But if there’s any day to “come as you are” to stand before the Savior of the world, it’s Christmas! How fancy were the shepherd’s sandals when they met Jesus? You can bet the aroma surrounding the Messiah was not from fresh-cut pines. The inn-keeper who provided a space for the Holy Family didn’t dust a thing before they arrived.
My hope and prayer this Christmas is that you come to worship Christ, the new-born King, just as you are. You are created in God’s image and loved more than you could ever know. If your family’s a mess, the Savior welcomes you. If you can’t pay your bills, the Savior welcomes you. If everyone is happy and healthy in your life right now, the Savior welcomes you. If you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom, the Savior welcomes you. If the only pair of shoes in your closet is falling apart, the Savior welcomes you.
Go ahead, put on your sweats and come! Hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, born for you!
See you Sunday…