The wonder of a preposition: God with us

I hope it’s quiet where you are.  I love Christmas Eve: all the hustling around slows, the stores are closed, the traffic empties, and it’s still.  

Tonight, in churches and homes, we light candles in the darkness.  We acknowledge that our world is broken and recognize that God in Jesus can set things right again.

In a world that’s seem as cold and cruel as the one into which Jesus was born, we spark not just a candle but a deeper hope that God will not allow the world to remain this way.  Someone is doing something about it – God has come in Jesus.

Incarnation; God with us – this is is the wonder we’re invited to ponder; this is the God we’re called to worship.

Think about the marvel of the nativity.  How did God fit all of his divinity into a fresh, dimply baby?  How did deity and DNA mix and mingle?  And what kind of God would do this?  What kind of God entrusts himself to a teenage mother, who comes near to us by letting us hold him, who is so vulnerable and risks letting us hurt him?

Of course, the more wonder-filled question is why would God do this?  Why would God come to us this way?  Why would God set aside his greatness and majesty, humbling himself to come to us as an utterly dependent baby?  Unless this is greatness and majesty.

Merry Christmas to all. May the bright hope, wonder, and joy of God with us in Jesus be with you and yours.

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  1. #1 by Angela Elliott on December 24, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    A Blessed Christ-mas to you, Betty and the kids. May Christ’s wonder and presence delight and surprise you this Christmas season and in the New Year.

    • #2 by phil on December 26, 2011 - 2:10 pm

      And to you too Angela. hope it was a sweet celebration.

  2. #3 by Sharon on February 10, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    So, you’re all settling down on “Broadway”! How much humour does God really have?!?!??

    Thanks for sharing your blog with me. I appreciate the reflection and insights you spend the time “penning” – er, or should I say, “transmitting with one of your devices?” I wanted to say thanks too for the picture from The Nativity as illustrated by Julie Vivas! They made me smile.

    Blessings to all of you. Please give a special hello to your son!

    Sharon

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