On this Christmas day, I invite you to sink into the mystery of the nativity, the story of the birth of Jesus.
Let us rejoice now in the knowledge of Jesus’ coming rather than waiting for something we know has happened.
This season let us rejoice, like Mary, for the opportunity God gives us to bring about justice, restoration, and reconciliation to the relationships in our lives, to our local communities, and to the poor and dehumanized in our midst.
Maybe we need to recognize that sometimes it is better to receive than to give.
May we all return to God whole-heartedly this Advent, and experience the light of the world. Seek this light today, and share it.
It doesn’t matter where we are born in terms of God’s ability to work through us.
How would our lives be different if we released our past, opened our future to the leading of God, and embraced the present – a true gift – that we are allowed to experience?
All of us, whether familiar with the birth of Jesus or not, should approach the season of Advent with a sense of renewed, genuine expectation that is reflected in our faithful actions.
Take a deep breath, find comfort in God’s presence, and thank God for what is going right in your life.
We see that even in the heart of God’s salvation work, we are invited to be part of it, singing and drawing on that well. Thanks be to God for that invitation!