It's coming close. The stores are full of shoppers and families are making plans to be together.
The music we hear is more than ever the secular songs that lift up the themes of loneliness, and coming home, and the scene, the looks of Christmas time. With snow outside, the family and friends coming to the front door.
We miss the truest meaning if we ignore the story of what God did, in the huge miracle of His coming to earth to be among His people, so they could see Him, and know Him, and find this deeply personal way to love Him. Imagine the miracle of that entry into human life: as a tiny child, the Babe of Bethlehem. The same way we all enter the world: in the innocence of a baby, the earnestness of a mother, the coming of friends and neighbors to see the newborn - shepherds from their fields, because angels had told them what was happening and then representatives from governments, with gifts to give.
And it was all happening because the heavens were telling the story. Angels out of heaven were crying out "Good News" to simple people. Because a new star had appeared and moved across the world, leading astronomers of that day to follow its track to see something God was doing.
Of course, the Babe of Bethlehem came into a hostile world, led by the jealous King Herod who, in fury, ordered all the boy children two and under to be slaughtered, lest one of them grow up to take his throne.
It is all an amazing story, full of truths so staggering as to challenge our minds. But, these same truths bless our hearts. They dare us to believe fantastical things of a God whose love has no end, and dared to offer the ultimate sacrifice on the Cross, through Jesus, the Child of Bethlehem, that we might all believe, and accept His gift of the saving of our lives through the forgiveness of our sins, and our reconciliation to Him at last and our own Welcome Home to our life forever with Jesus in Heaven.
He wants us to believe, and be changed. He wants us to live now, the strange life of His love, serving others, forgiving and being reconciled to others, so that the world can become One, and Peace become real, and healing become the hope of all.
So, Christmas is Jesus' time, and the time in which we make room in our lives for all people. And we do gather, and give gifts, and welcome friends, and let no-one be our enemies.
IT IS ALL SO POSSIBLE. Let this be the wonder of Christmas this year.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. . ."