Isaiah 9.6 (NRSV) 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.
As I write this article, Christmas Day is just a few days away. I tend to get nostalgic about past Christmases mixed with an expectation for a world where hope, joy, peace, and love of Christmas becomes more abundant.
We know that this year has been particularly troubling. Hospitality has been hard to show, because fear has made it difficult to trust our earthly neighbors. There have been many mass shootings and people killed. Social unrest has been a persistent part of our dialogue. It seems that we have built more barriers than bridges this year for our shared humanity.
I am reminded that there is something miraculous in the birth of Jesus Christ into the world filled with war, separation, and domination. I am also reminded that in utter vulnerability, Jesus came naked and dependent on Mary and Joseph for sustenance and security.
Vulnerability is part of our faith and in it we realize that the kingdom comes when we recognize our need for one another and God. I am drawn to the image of Jesus as a baby because he shows me that we come from the same place, trusting that each will do their part and that in doing so, the world will be ushered to a new place, where all that is fractured is whole, rehabilitated through God’s mighty acts and our faithful service.
Grace and peace,
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Husband, father, minister, child of God, follower of Jesus Christ writing in the context of La Porte Community Church