It’s Monday morning …

Normally my street would be full of kids waiting on school busses, people walking their dogs, cars whisking people off to work …

But today it’s Christmas morning and that changes everything …

Not because it’s a cool, rainy, December day in the South … not even because most of the world around me is asleep waiting for kids and grandkids to start the festivities when any other Monday things would be different …

But because it’s been 2,000 years … two thousand years … and the Word has got out! Even the pagans and unbelievers know what Christmas means. But it wasn’t always so …

At one point God had been silent for over 400 years. People, if they thought about it at all, thought it was just a story handed down from great, great grands … But God is not slow as some count slowness …

And this morning, so many years ago, a group of shepherds were telling the waking town of Bethlehem what had happened just a few hours earlier.

They were tending their flocks overnight … just like every other night … when the sky split open and an angel appeared and changed the world with a few words … “Behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior who is Messiah and Lord …”

They dropped everything and ran to find the place to see if the announcement was true. They found Joseph, Mary and Jesus just as the angels said it would be.

Joseph and Mary knew what had happened.  They confirmed what the angels declared and the shepherds believed. The next morning, Christmas morning, this morning they began telling others … And for 2,000 years those who hear and believe have been telling others about that night … for two thousand years … and the Word has got out!

God came down and dwelt among us ~

… to look and love beyond Himself and teach us to do the same

… to exchange our ashes for His beauty, our mourning for His dancing and our despair for His joy unspeakable and full of glory

… to walk with us again, whether in our gardens in the cool of the day or through the heat and flames of waking nightmares

… to make His home here, among us and within us for a time, and tell us of the place He has prepared for us where we will dwell together forever

… to speak to us no more through intermediaries but face to face

… that we may know Him and be fully known by Him

… that we never again need to feel unseen, unheard, untouched … unloved 

O come, O come, Emmanuel … God. With. Us!

Do with it what you will …

As was spoken to the shepherds, “I bring good news of great joy for all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David …”

For the display of His splendor ~