16 So they [the shepherds] went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. - Luke 2:16-19 This time of the year can often feel very rushed. We are trying to buy the last Christmas presents, finalize the guest list for Christmas, and see every child or grandchild’s Christmas Concert. We run from one place to the next. I emphasize run, because there is no other way to get to everything done if we walk. As a practice of waiting during this season (and not just waiting in lines) I have been reading the stories of Jesus’ birth. This week, when I came across the line, “So they went with haste,” I could not help but relate to the shepherds rush. It made me wonder, towards what am I heading with such haste? The shepherds were rushing to see Jesus. They were in a hurry to share what the angels told them about this baby. During this season, it is easy to get swept away by the business of the Christmas season. But remember, it’s toward Jesus that we move with such haste. Our rush isn’t one brought forged from stress, but comes through our excitement to greet God’s greatest gift to the world. Join us this Sunday at 9 AM, 11 AM, or 5 PM as we celebrate this gift with carols, candles, and communion.