Reflection: The birth of Jesus is an amazing story. Only two verses in Luke 2 suffice to tell all that happened when Jesus was born. I discovered again that because there was no room in Bethlehem for Joseph and Mary, they had to lay Jesus, when he was born in a “manger,” a feeding trough for animals. And Jesus’ Mother was probably unattended and had to wrap Jesus in clean strips of clothing as required by Jewish law. This was a birth like millions of other babies, and yet, hardly noticed. But it is God’s amazing revelation of Himself to the world. Would it have been told this way, if it was not true?
There have been times when I could hardly believe this unusual birth was true! We get so caught up with our Christmas requirements, we forget the reality of this wonderful event! Yet, we are told this is when God personally enters human history. There is an old hymn that says, “Oh the wonder of it all.” Hebrews 2:4 says, “God added his testimony by signs and wonders, and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit.”
The word for “wonder” in the Bible describes an act of God that goes beyond description. Someone said, “It is a spectacle that boggles the mind.” It is an act of God that simply fills us with awe for what God is doing in the world. No scientific information or details are given to help explain the facts.
In our celebration this Advent season we need to simply come to God in awe and appreciation for all that God has done for us in Christ our Lord. At times there is nothing left for us to do but experience feelings of “wonder” for the amazing things God does for us. Let me suggest during this Christmas season, to relax, sit quietly, and remember the wonderful ways God is at work in our lives for good. It is our story with God. Merry Christmas.
Prayer: Lord God of the universe, we come to you today seeking your guidance in the midst of doubts, confusion, and even at times feelings of hopelessness. At this moment, fill us with joy and peace knowing that you have revealed yourself to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. May this day be filled with wonder and appreciation for all you have done for us in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Robert S. Burns, Parish Associate