Dear Brothers and Sisters:
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” And it was so—that the God of power and might was born on this day in a manger. As you are aware mangers are not particularly clean places. They are full of animals (and their byproducts), dirty hay, insects, etc. In the lowliest of places our God came into the world to save us. Yet we beautify His presence with clean, porcelain nativity scenes that are more bucolic than accurate. In our human condition we do not like to be reminded of messy places.
The beauty of the Incarnation of Christ is that He still comes to us in messy places. When we are brokenhearted, scared and afraid, or anxious He is with us. And He encourages us further still to cast our cares on Him for we are told “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We give thanks for this as well as His presence in the good times, when we are filled with joy and laughter.
May this Christmas feast be reflective for you and may you be reminded of His presence in your life. “May the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” And may Almighty God Bless you the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Sincerely in Christ,