Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

Advent 2011

Listening to a commentator on a cable news program last week, I was struck by his description of humankind.  He said that we live on an obscure planet revolving around an average star on the edge of the Milky Way galaxy and within a frighteningly vast universe that is 41 billion light years wide.  Human beings, this person contended, are terribly insignificant creatures living alone in a cold and cruel universe.

In contrast, the apostle John wrote in his account of the Gospel:  "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father."  Frederick Buechner expressed it somewhat differently in saying:  "The claim that Christianity makes for Christmas is that at a particular time and place God came to be with us himself."  Who could have imagined?

The Christmas story is all about our being found by God.  Whoever and wherever we are, whatever we may have done, our God has chosen to be with us.  The Bible affirms that God entered our world in order to let us find again the embrace of the One who made us and forgives us and loves us still.

Light the Christ candle this Christmas Eve and hear what the angels have to say:  "For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."  We are not alone.  Our God has come to love us, to save us from our sins, to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Heaven is singing for us tonight.  Is it too much to ask that we listen?

- John Finley

 

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