Christmas Day – Wednesday
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98: 1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6; Hebrews 1:106; John 1:1-18
Close your eyes, let your breath slow and be still . . . Imagine yourself in the stable with Mary and Joseph. Jesus has been born! Angels sing, shepherds rejoice, and stars sparkle in the night sky. Was the scene as polished as a glittery Christmas card? Probably not.
It housed livestock and was probably not clean. As we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, we should also rejoice in the imperfections of the stable. God’s ultimate act of grace and humility was to allow the Son to take on our human nature, entrusting Jesus to the care of two human beings, and allowing Him to be born into poverty.
Advent is a time of waiting. A time of yearning for light to overcome darkness. Jesus embraced our human woundedness. He didn’t shun our imperfections. No wonder the angels and shepherds were awestruck! Merry Christmas!
“O come let us adore him!”
Jesus, thank you for the stable.
Thank you for loving me as I am.
Barbara J. Aretz, ASLW