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Christmas Thinking - 2019

12/20/19 | 2019 Thinking Aloud | by Rev. Dr. W. David Thomas

Christmas Thinking - 2019

     Dear Friends,

     “The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1.14). 

     Patricia and I want to offer you our prayers for a truly consequential celebration of Advent and Christmas.

     We are among those who love the season . . . the lights, the music, the anticipation, the joy.  Still, we do not minimize the pain inherent to our celebrations.  We choose to see these two themes as less in convict and more a reflection of the incarnation.

     Jesus came also in the midst of pain, broken relationships, uncertainty.  On the one hand here are the shepherds with the angels shouting “Good News!  Glory to God in the highest!”  And then on the other hand Mary lays the infant Jesus in a common manger and Herod’s soldiers will soon be on the prowl.

     Scandal.  Difficult travel.  Uncertainty.  No Vacancy signs.  Homelessness.  You will not find these on the Christmas cards but they are integral to the Christmas narrative.

     Our God comes in flesh.  He is transcendent and imminent.  He is omnipotent and infant.  He is majestic and humble.  He creates life and experiences death. 

     He knows us. 

     He knows my yearning and responds with welcome.  He walks besides me and leads me in the way.  He cares about my pain and reveals himself in my distress.  He supplements my weakness and redeems my failures. 

     He brings hope in doubt, peace in fear, life in death.

     We love this marvelous, eternal, loving, life-giving God!  And we invite you to join us in worshiping Him during this season.  Enjoy the lights while remembering He is Light.  Enjoy the music while remembering He makes us sing.  Share the gifts while remembering he is the Gift from which every good gift comes.

     David and Patricia