A Poem for Christmas Eve
Candlelit church services with wiggly children;
Warmth around a fireplace.
Last minute creating and cooking, shopping and wrapping;
Poignant memories of departed loved ones.
Meals served to thousands without a home;
Grace encounters as Christ comes clothed with gratitude.
The kettle bells ring one more day;
Families brave the weather to visit friends in need.
Divine love comes wrapped in swaddling clothes;
A Virgin Mother nurses her Creator and Redeemer.
Longings for peace arise in hearts;
The Prince of Peace comes near.
A Merry Christmas to all!
Celebrating Advent and enjoying the Christmas
Season warrants reflection of the love of God in Jesus and our response
to this grace through our love for one another. Sometimes this requires
some unlearning. Here are some historical reflections that can help us
and Joseph were not poor and homeless. They were artisans and small
business owners that needed temporary shelter during the census.
were despised by much of society and represented the poor and humble.
How wonderful that they are given revelation of God’s glory in the
humility of Jesus!
Magi from the East arrived about 18 months after the birth of Jesus and
their caravan probably had 40-50 people. It was a major moment of honor
and King Herod, already paranoid and powerful, was deeply threatened.
Interestingly, Christmas was not a universal Holiday in the USA until later in the 19th
C. the combination of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s hearty
celebrations imported from Germany and the marketing of Sears and
Coca-Cola with Santa helped tipped the scales toward joyful gift
is a season of celebration and reflection as we consider the holy
humility of our Lord and the promise of peace in his coming to us. May
we welcome him with open hearts and extend open hands to our neighbors.