My friend, may I ask you a question? Is the message of Christmas all about the strong and the mighty, or is it a message that intrudes upon the weak and the vulnerable? Does God come to that part of us that swaggers through life, confident in our self sufficiency? Or does God leaves his treasure in the broken fragmented places of our life
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
A story in the paper the other day stirred my anger. A little baby had been stolen from his mother while she was Christmas shopping in a mall. That weak and helpless mother and that little baby. It seemed so opposed to Christmas. Stories like this need to be buried at Christmastime. They just don’t fit. Or, do they?
Author Charles Ellings writes, “The message of Christmas is that God intrudes upon the weak and the vulnerable, and this is precisely the message that we so often miss. God does not come to that part of us that swaggers through life, confident in our self sufficiency. God leaves his treasure in the broken fragmented places of our life.”
Here’s a story: On the wall of the museum of the concentration camp at Dachau is a large and moving photograph of a mother and her little girl standing in line of a gas chamber. The child, who is walking in front of her mother, does not know where she is going. The mother, who walks behind, does know, but is helpless to stop the tragedy. In her helplessness she performs the only act of love left to her. She places her hands over he child’s eyes so she will at least not see the horror to come. When people come into the museum they do not whisk by this photo hurriedly. They pause. They almost feel the pain. And deep inside I think that they are all saying: ‘O God, don’t let that be all that there is.’ (Sermon Illustrations, 1999.)
When you and I were born into this world we were just like that little baby, robbed from its mother. Ours was to have been a warm and comfortable birth; one that resulted in a close and perfect relationship with our Heavenly Father. But we were stolen away by Satan. It was not a pleasant birth nor an intended one for any of us. The picture was that of hopelessness and helpless- ness. Would this story end on a happy note? “O God, don’t let that be all that there is.” By His almighty power, our violent and unclean birth is removed forever and replaced with the pure and holy birth of Jesus Christ. Born again in Him, we become Him and nestle in the bosom of His mother, under the tender and watchful eyes of our doting God. Justice is served after all. The one who stole us has been punished and we, as rightful heirs of our Father’s love, have been returned to His loving embrace; an embrace from which we will never be parted again. What a blessed Christmas gift that is!
We pray. Dear Father, thank You for Christmas and all the joy and comfort it brings to our lives every year as we remember Your gift of a Savior for sinful man. This is the time of year that we celebrate and it is also the time of the year that we often feel the most keen for the sorrows and disappointments, even tragedies that have visited our lives over the past year. Yet, Christmas is here again despite the passage of the year and all the ups and downs that a year may bring. Forgive us Lord when we forget that Your promise of forgiveness and justification is based on brokenness and sometimes suffering. Your Son suffered for us and sometimes You also ask us to pass through suffering as well to bring the spiritual steel we need to make it through this life. No matter the pain or the grief O Lord, Christmas, because of its message will always bring us peace and comfort. “God bless us everyone!” Merry Christmas for Jesus sake! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!”
<firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.