Saturday, December 20, 2014

Advent 2014

Saturday, December 20


Students constantly ask to babysit our children.  Most times I jokingly say, "Seriously?  I wouldn't trust you with my child," and we have a laugh.  But in reality, I would not trust my children with many of them.  They are fifteen, and the only thing I know about them is what I see in class.  Even if they try to convince me of their babysitting skills I do not know enough to entrust them with my 4-year-old and 8-month-old.  So, no thank you - it's not that I don't like you, it's just that I don't trust you enough to give my two most precious gifts into your care.  And if I did, people may seriously question my parenting skills and decisions.

Yet this is what God decides to do.  God thinks it a good idea to trust the most important child in history to the arms of a teenager and a working-class man who cannot even afford proper means to deliver the child.  Some may even question God's parenting decisions at this point.

But there is something beautiful in this parental decision on God's part - one that brings us into the shoes of Mary and Joseph.  For as much as Mary and Joseph trust God to see them through this monumental task, God trusts them.  As Christ leaves the clothes of divinity to wake in the skin of humanity, held in the flesh-and-blood arms of a nervous teenager who has been entrusted with the greatest gift to the world, we see God trust.  For all our talk about us "trusting God," we see in this story that our trusting is reciprocated by God trusting us.  The gift of the Christ child continues to be entrusted to us - and we all must wrestle with the reality that God has trusted us with this gift.

- Josh Brewer


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