Cattle, shepherds, a man, and a woman: thousands of years ago they stood in the presence of God. They were the first people since Adam who were allowed that privilege without complicated rituals and priestly sacrifice.
Before you get started today, pray. Remember that your words are not meaningless sounds evaporating into the air, but that you stand in the presence of God. You get to go before Him, speak to the Almighty, and be heard because of the miracle of Christmas.
This Christmas, remember that we don’t just thank God for the gift of Christ, but that Christ gives us the gift of thanking God. When you kneel and pray like Daniel, remember that there was once a time that communion with God was impossible because of sin.
No earthly government was able to secure that right for you, so no government can take it from you. No suffering can undo the truth that God is with you.
No amount of discipline could make it possible for you to sit in His presence, so no amount of distractions can take that great gift away from you. You can go to God right now, with nothing between you. In all the smallest things, God is with you.