Haste, haste to bring Him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary.
Yes, I did.
I went to Wal-Mart yesterday and I’ll probably go again today. I never lived in a town with a Wal-Mart until we moved here seven years ago. Going to the big store used to be a once- or twice-a-month family expedition. The list on the refrigerator would get longer and longer. Then we’d hitch up the horses, take the wagon into town and buy all the kids a penny stick of candy. Whoa – slipping into “Little House on the Prairie” mode. I do that at Christmastime.
Anyway, when we first moved to the big city, we went to Wal-Mart every day for the first two weeks. The novelty has worn off; I only go two or three times a week now. But there’s nothing like going to the super-store the day before Christmas. So many people…so much hustle and bustle…so much plastic (toys and credit cards alike). It’s hard not to get caught up in the hurry and scurry.
When William Dix wrote the words to “What Child Is This?” in 1865, he hit on something profound. Where should we be hurrying off to? To the mall? Ah,no. To paraphrase, “Hurry, hurry, to bring Him praise! Hustle to worship and applaud His glory! Get on over to church tonight and see if you can’t think of some way to lift Him up! Hurry!”
On that first Christmas, some people might have been asking, “What child is this, that angels would greet him with sweet songs?”
We know the answer: “This, this, is Christ the Lord!” So come, faithful people, to worship the Messiah. Get a move on!