Like a Child! It continues to mystify me that God placed all of redemptive history on the shoulders of a little child (and a young teenager). His confidence in these young people is deeply inspiring as I look at our younger generation… we have nothing to worry about.
This Christmas season we will sing the all-familiar Christmas songs, light the Advent candles, decorate our homes, and enjoy our friends. We will, for a brief moment, reflect on the birth of Jesus! But there is so much more… a young baby who redeemed all of creation and then will return as a great King in all of his glory. Jesus, who left the glory of heaven for a messy, sinful world. Mary, who submitted to the will of God even though it cost her her integrity in front of all of her people. And us… who gaze longingly upward waiting on the next Advent while we celebrate this one.
Remember to stop, rest, and gaze this Advent season.
Warmly in Christ,
Jim Howard, pastor