Rest

May we have eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand that beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to be born within ourselves and in the world.

-Friedrich Buechner

Inspire

Luke 2:7

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place in the guest room.

Illuminate

A couple of years ago all over the local news in Louisville was a story about the Flynn family who woke up one December morning and looked out their front window at their manger scene. All of the usual players are there: Mary and Joseph, a few animals, three wisemen, a couple of shepherds, and an angel pronouncing the good news. But much to their surprise, the main character was missing. Someone had stolen baby Jesus from the front yard. After a few days of posting online and searching for the infant Jesus the Flynns let everyone know that the baby Jesus had been found shattered a few blocks away from their home. And there sat their little yard set missing its main character. A week passed and the Flynn’s once again woke up looked outside and found a new baby Jesus placed back in the manger surrounded by all of the other characters of this treasured story. A woman, a neighbor, heard the story of the missing Jesus and replaced with one she bought online.   

As we listen to the Gospel story over the next few days may we be reminded that Christ can’t be stolen. Emmanuel is with us even when we think we have lost Him. Jesus is there in every selfless act that is performed in His name. God-With-Us doesn’t stay in one place but finds a way to connect with each of us through friends, family, and even unknown neighbors.  

This season whether you are the person that looks out and feels as if Jesus is missing in your life or the person with abundance, Christ is with you. Keep your eyes open. He has been finding His way into our lives for thousands of years and it will continue to do so for an eternity following. 

Give

Take a moment this to kneel before a manger scene.  Handle the figures in the creche. Wonder about this holy story once again and know that this birth in a faraway time and place has come to you and for you once more.  In doing so, may you be reminded that Christ is with you now and forever.

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