What Did you Get New for Christmas?

I am reminding myself during the twelve days of Christmas something may be going on more than what it seems.  A powerful new reality could be at work and many may not recognize it, like that birth in Bethlehem.  It is tempting (because it is easier) to live into the reality that what we see clearly and hear loudly has the last word.  This makes life neater and issues simpler.

Is the WSJ, CNN, Fox News, and the Drudge Report the only reality that matters.  When we behave like it is we relegate the good news of the angels to the shepherds to children’s Sunday School classes.  Neither should we live only with the angels, embracing spiritual reality as the only meaningful reality.  There is no such thing as a religious excuse to spiritually escape the real world.  We must be careful to not embrace one reality and miss the other.

Christmas is the intersecting of two worlds, the melding of two realities.  Christmas is God’s incarnation, as God became human, not just to save the world, but to join us in our humanness that we might more readily join God in God’s divineness.  The mixing of the two worlds at Christmas is the laboratory in which we learn to look more like Jesus.

My pastoral word for Christmas and beyond these twelve days is to open our hearts to Christmas message that contains the power to cause new realities to emerge in our lives.  This is how we assume the position of Mary and know what it means to treasure and ponder like Mary as we open ourselves up for God to do a new thing in our lives.  We must remember when God’s reality shows up, everything changes!

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