Christmas Day

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Sunday December 25, 2016

Focus passage: When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go right now to Bethlehem and see what’s happened.  Let’s confirm what the Lord has revealed to us.”  They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Luke 2:15-16
The coming of Christ is an invitation to find grace and compassion permeating our daily living, to be surprised by the presence of God in our lives, to find love even in the messiness of life…
In the somewhat difficult conversations we will have with family members over life choices, or political candidates, or the timing of the meal or “yes, mother, I really am having a second slice of pie” conversation.
Or in those difficult moments when we realize that we have forgotten to buy batteries or have to endure the frustration of putting together a toy that takes half the morning to assemble and the instructions needed to have a magnifying glass in order to read them. 
Or perhaps to live into the difficulty of celebrating this year for the first time without someone because of relocation, or divorce, or death, and it really doesn’t feel like a celebration, it is rather lonely and painful.
Or in those moments when we find ourselves so overwhelmed by love that it takes our breath away.
The reality is that we don’t make Christmas happen.  In the mess of our lives, God still shows up, in remarkable ways to remind us that we are deeply loved, every one of us.

Incarnate God, may I make room for your presence in my words and actions today.  Amen.

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