It’s Friday, Christmas is two days away. Breathe. Do not lose the message in the busyness.
I love the phrase, “for unto us a child is born” because of the “us”. Jesus was born for us, all of us, the lowly and poor as well as the comfortable and warm. This tiny baby contained in his being, all the love and hope that the world would ever need.
Jesus arrived helpless, all babies are; but when we have things in this world that make us feel that way, small and out of control, we forget that to be reliant on another is not a bad thing. Jesus came for the helpless; he understands and loves us in our weakest moments.
The formative years of Jesus’ life were spent traveling and survival was uncertain. There will always be those Christmases where someone argues, or the meat gets overcooked; some of us struggle with the gaiety, because we feel constrained to always be smiling, even when we are lonely or in pain. It creates an incongruous state of being, our insides don’t match with our outsides. Jesus came for the unsettled.
God incarnated was born to ordinary people who became extraordinary because of their Son; they didn’t start out that way. Allow yourselves to be molded by Jesus.
The Shepherds came to bow down before the infant, Christmas contains wonder at its heart, be a shepherd, feel the awe.
Jesus loved children, he gathered them around him. Be like a child at Christmas, drive to see some lights, sing loudly, if not tunefully (me), wave like a lunatic at Santa, let yourself be excited by the mystery of it all.
Finally, Jesus came to bring peace: be peaceful! In whatever way you need, be peaceful, you deserve it.
Have a sacred Christmas, Love, Denise
Christmas Pageant 2022