The weary world rejoices.

Even if we overate at office parties.

…if we spent well beyond our budgets.

…if reckless drivers tried harder to get prime parking than to protect pedestrians.

…if ruthless shoppers rolled their eyes at us because we paid with cash instead of credit.

…if it’s 80 and humid on Christmas Eve.

…if there are 900 miles between us and someone we wish were here.

…if we are weary.

Even if we are tempted to be distracted by all those things, we have reason to rejoice.

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.'” -Luke 2:10-11

May we let what we celebrate disrupt our lives in all the ways they should be disrupted. And may whose birth we celebrate use what would otherwise distract us to fill us with a thrill of hope.