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Dec 06 2009

Jesus Coming Into Our Lives

The re-telling of Jesus’ birth narrative reminds us of God’s incredible power and it very nature. Salvation is born into the world from the womb of a scandalized unwed mother relying on the continued faithfulness of an embarrassed partner-to-be who knows he is not the biological father. They will trust God’s promises, together. The baby arrives at a time when those who will be his parents have been dislocated by the heavy hand of empire and have no solid place to lay their heads. The newborn child’s first clothes are pieces of cloth from the shed where they have found temporary shelter, his first bed a feed trough. The parents are comforted by minimum-wage laborers from a local field. The care and nurture of his tender life will require risk from all the people who would draw close to him. Jesus’ life itself will embody the power of God’s love. As he grows it will take on even greater shape and expression. This love is not a sentimental love, but a vulnerable self-giving. A for-giveness.

Can this power really save the world? I dare say, God’s kind of love is the only one with the power to save. To reorder our world and inspire us.

Many times we find it hard to conceive of Jesus really coming into our lives. Advent and Christmas remind us that it is God who does the conceiving; our part is to do the receiving.

This is the season of Advent (“Coming”). We anticipate, and celebrate, the coming of this life-changing power into our world — and each of our lives — once again. Join with us.

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