Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... literally everywhere looks like Christmas just exploded. Every store, street, and commercial has some sort of Christmas decoration or theme. But sometimes, despite all of the festivities, it is hard to feel the joy of Christmas.
Two of my colleagues, Wil Cantrel and Paul Seay, recently released a book entitled “From Heaven to Earth: Christmas for New Believers, Old Believers, and Nonbelievers” and if you are looking for a good book to read this Advent/Christmas season I would highly recommend it. In the first chapter of the book they spend some time talking about Incarnation (God becoming flesh and dwelling among us) and the importance of giving the gift of presence. They remind us that “one way of understanding the incarnation is to say that Jesus is everything we need from God wrapped in a person.” (p 17)
One of the opportunities that awaits us each Christmas is to offer the gift of Jesus Christ by seeking to be a part of God’s incarnation in this world. You and I can be a part of how others see and experience Jesus this season! There may be someone in your life who has lost a loved one, or lost a job, or is experiencing seasonal depression, or maybe had a negative experience at a past Christmas, and it is hard for them to experience the joy of Christmas. This holiday season lets try to embody the incarnational presence of Jesus by offering ourselves in relationship to others. Let’s remember the importance of giving the gift of presence by seeking to be fully present with ourselves and with those around us.
Published on Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 3:59 PM EDT