Feast: the Vigil of Christmas

24 December 2007

Isaiah 9:2-4,6-7

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness–
on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken . . . .
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

I pray that whoever reads this on Christmas Eve will be filled with the warmth of God’s love.  The Good News brought by the Incarnation is that God is with us, God loves and cares for us —all of us.  You do not need to be a Christian to be loved by God; he already loves all of us and desires a relationship with us.

We have all met that cool person we’ve wanted to be friends with, and we made many overtures to win their friendship and attention.  Sometimes we have made fools of ourselves, sometimes we have said precisely how we felt, sometimes we have gone out on a limb to help him or her, all for the chance at some kind of a relationship.
God does the same with us.  This is what Christmas is truly about.  God is willing to be seen as helpless, foolish, honest . . . whatever it takes, even becoming one of us, born in a messy, smelly, cave where animals were kept.

The holidays can be hard on us.  Sometimes family drives us crazy.  Sometimes we are alone.

But you are not alone.  God is with you.  The Peace of God is with you.

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One Response to “Feast: the Vigil of Christmas”

  1. Kelly Says:

    Merry Christmas to you guys! I am so thankful that you are our friends.

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