This morning, we celebrate the day of our savior’s birth. God has become man! What an amazing choice he made for us! He has come into the world he created; the good, the bad, and the ugly of our world.
Ponder this – the all-powerful has become the least powerful. He did this for you. The baby in Mary’s arms is vulnerable. He feels cold. He feels pain. He feels love and warmth. The incorporeal (non-bodily), has become flesh. He dwells among us.
While these facts have become second nature to us, they are still mystery in the sense that it doesn’t make sense. Why would God step down from heaven and enter into the created world? Why does he care for us so much that he took his first step towards his last?
I suggest that the answer is – God is love. Jesus is the embodiment of love. Love is warm and kind; it has the ability to build us up. It has the ability to return to us our joy and our hope in something more. It has the ability to bring us new life; to transform our very being.
Spend some time today pondering the mystery of the incarnation, the mystery of Jesus taking on our fleshly bodies. Ask Mary to let you hold her child. As you cradle the baby Jesus in your arms, ponder how the amazing power of God can reside in one as little as him. Spend some time mulling over how vulnerable the all-powerful is. Touch his tiny face. Kiss his little forehead. Hold his petite fingers in yours. Spend some time soaking up the love that pours forth from the Godly essence that is a part of this baby. Then, pass on that love to your friends and family. Pass it on to anyone you encounter today.
My wish for you today is not a white Christmas, but one filled with warmth, love, and joy.