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Our church is filled at this time of year with processionals of children as angels, shepherds, and magi. The world, too, is full of processions as refugees seek new life and hope.
A little more than a week after Jesus’ birth, Mary is starting to realize how much work this is really going to take. Are you?
Our big days and calendars are really of little importance to the God who created us. God existed before time itself, and God is consistently present in every day.
Before you begin resoluting, remind yourself of this very important point: It is not your job to save the whole world; Somebody Else has already made that resolution.
Help us step back and take the long view, O God. Thank you for the seeds you’ve helped us plant this year, the foundations you’ve enabled us to lay.
The candles will be extinguished, the cover put back on the organ, the hymnbooks rearranged in the pews. The pattern of Jesus being vulnerable as a child: this will neither die.
ur baby daughter isn’t speaking real words yet (just a few mamas and dadas—cue heart explosion), but she’s beginning to find her voice through a steady stream of bababas, nananas, raspberries, little growls, and coos.
A biblical standard for leadership is that a leader shall work to make the world safer for the vulnerable, for the lambs and calves, for the poor and the children.
Just when we’d expect God to scrap the covenant with humanity and cease all efforts to reconcile with us, God clears God’s voice and speaks a Word of Everlasting Love.
Do you dare to hold this baby, love this baby, welcome this baby into your heart? Do you dare to let yourself be broken open by this ugly baby?