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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?
In the realm of heavenly peace, angels wait for God’s signal to fly. Around fires in the hills, shepherds swap bawdy stories. In a nasty shed, Mary labors. It will come.
God’s promised presence is already fulfilled. What we believe needs to be started, pursued, labored over, and completed for God’s sake is already ongoing.
Greetings, favored ones. The Lord is with you, and the time is nigh. Do not be afraid, but rather prepare yourselves. By God’s indwelling, the world is about to turn.
Herod stands for any emperor or president, any senator or congressperson, any elected or appointed official who will use power to resist the insurgency of love and grace.
Christmas cynics aren’t trying to spoil things for everyone else. They’re disappointed. If you have a Scrooge in the family—or are one yourself—why not put up a wreath anyway?