The Christmas weeds
At this time of year we are all in a hurry, to get to parties, family gatherings or shopping for that perfect gift. As EMS professionals, we are almost always in a hurry to get to the emergency, to eat our meal before the next call or finish our reports. Things haven’t really changed much. When Jesus came the first time, everyone was in a hurry. They were ordered by the Roman government to report to the town of their heritage for a census and pay their taxes. The order had a date for them to be counted and pay. I can just imagine that little town of Bethlehem packed with the descendants of King David. I am sure when they arrived they were looking for this uncle or that aunt, searching for loved ones that they had not seen in years. Gathering to discuss the census, purchasing food and securing lodging would have been high on the list of activities for these weary travelers. It might have looked like a Black Friday of today! Into this confusion came a young couple, not high on the social ladder, with a pregnant unwed woman. Away from the resources that they needed, and no room, they settled for shelter in a stable. Did the crowds notice? I don’t think so, they were in the weeds. Like the weeds that I have growing in my garden that blocks the beauty of the flowers, this crowd could not see the beauty in Jesus’ birth. These weeds block our view of the people around us who are away from the resources they need for a good life. Go to any store, watch the people and you can tell the ones hurting and rushing. You can tell the ones who need your smile to brighten their day. These people need what EMS provides every day, help for the hurting. During this Christmas Season, get out of the weeds, look for the hurting and see the beauty that is around us.
God Bless and as always stay safe.