Christmas time is always an interesting, often chaotic time for me. Part of that chaos is the academic/work frame of final exams and papers to be evaluated. When you final catch your breath [feels sometimes like am just coming up for air], January and a new term looms large on the horizon.
The hustle and bustle of the season – “city sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style- seem to stir up feelings of being frantic, harried, out of time and worried with Christmas shopping to be done and the perfect gift for everyone.
Then there is the story of that first Christmas with its themes of hope and joy, peace on earth in the midst of chaos, of God’s love revealed in the birth of a little baby boy. I am struck afresh by the theme of light: “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light”; the heavenly messenger appears in light – glory filled the skies; this light is unquenchable and it flows through, and fills the cosmos. It is a light that brings joy and ignites hope; all this captured in a little baby born in the humblest of circumstance – a manger.
The mystery of that glorious morn reaches down across the years and intersects our lives today. The message still is: “Joy to the world the Lord has come”. The song I have included is my response to the one who is the source of light, life, peace, joy and hope.
Wishing you all the blessings of Emmanuel; the one who is God with us.
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