It is traditionally said in Celtic tradition that the door to the stable where the Christ-child has been born is very low, and only those who kneel find access. Advent is a time to prepare ourselves for God to give us the gift of humility in order to see Christ born into this world to save it.
I open the stable door
I kneel before the infant
I worship with the shepherds
I adore the Christ child.
I give my love with Mary and Joseph
I wonder at the Word made flesh
I am aware of the love of God
I sing glory with the angels
I offer my gifts with the wise men
I receive the living Lord
I hold Him in my hands
I go on my way rejoicing
Glorifying and praising God
This new King of an upside-down kingdom is the Prince of Peace. We often forget that the same prophet (Isaiah) pleads that we remember that this royal figure is also the Suffering Servant. This paradoxical claim tells us that the kingdom of his rule is not a peace of comfort and apathy, but a peace that only comes from suffering for the well-being of others.
Stefan Seeling, student ministries director