It may seem strange, but the first mention of Christmas is found in a garden in a place called the Eden. Two people named Adam and Eve broke the rules of Eden by eating fruit from a tree God told them not to eat. When they heard the sound of the Lord walking in the garden they hid among the trees. While they shuddered in the shadows, God called out,
“Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9)
Regardless of what you think about Christmas or what you believe about a place called Eden, the question He asks them is a question you could answer, as well. You’ve found yourself doing things you wish you didn’t do in places you wish you didn’t go. We all have regretted what we’ve done in the cover of darkness or anonymity. You might not call it sin, but you know the feeling of shame Adam and Eve felt.
The Advent season is the Eden-like sound of God drawing close to humanity. One reaction is to hide, because you’re afraid He comes to punish you. The other reaction is to come out of hiding, because you believe He wants to restore what’s broken between you.
This year, rethink the way you Christmas and appear.
Step into the light and answer Him. He calls out for you in mercy, not anger. Tell Him plainly where you have been hiding. It’s the first step of Advent that sets the posture for the rest of your season.
When you prepare for Christmas by appearing before God, you’ll find a healing only His light can bring.
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
What does today’s reading tell you about people? (Yourself and others.)
What does today’s reading tell you about God?
How do these ideas change the way you Christmas this year?