My children and granddaughter are coming tomorrow night for our Christmas celebration. When I told my daughter-in-law the menu she suggested I serve a more simple meal.

In my family, Christmas dinner consist of: lasagna, bucket salad, green bean or corn casserole, rolls, Christmas cookies, “Merry Cherry Bars,” buckeyes, fudge, and various other side dishes and desserts the kids bring.

She’s right; it is a lot of work. I already spent one day making cookies and buckeyes.

(Oops…I had better get those out of the freezer!)

I will make the bars, fudge, and salad today and set the dining table downstairs. Tomorrow I will cook the rest and make a million trips up and down those stairs. After the last present is unwrapped, I will run the dishwasher 4 or 5 times.

Every woman who hosted the family Christmas will do the same amount of work.

(Thanks, Aunt Mel, for all of your work on the Fishel Clan Christmas!)

That is why I came to a complete stop when I read today’s verse:

Luke 4:39, “And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.” ESV

“Serve, ‘diakoneo’…wait upon…as a host…serve at a table…” ESV Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible Notes

Usually a fever leaves you weak, listless, and lethargic, even after it is gone. Simon’s mother-in-law felt so good after Jesus rebuked the fever that she threw a dinner party! It is also interesting to note that Jesus did not even touch her. He just stood by the bed and told the fever to go.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this time of year that we can gather with our families. Thank you for the abundance of food that graces our table. Thank you for a warm house to eat in when the storm is raging outside. Thank you for coming to the earth and giving us a reason to celebrate.