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But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
For the most part, our world focuses on Christmas’ power to exacerbate that which already exists. Christmas provides focus and awareness upon the joy (or pain) of our family situations. It provides excitement (or disappointment) regarding gifts we are able to give or to receive. It taps into the nostalgia we have from Christmas past.
But Christmas is about more than what already exists. Christmas is God breaking in and joining us in life.
For most of us, God breaking in needs to begin with the assurance, “Do not be afraid.” The idea of God breaking into our lives is terrifying. We know how to handle most of the things that come to us in life – even the sad things, the difficult things, and the uncomfortable things. But we have difficulty with vulnerable things. And when God breaks in, everything about us is vulnerable.
But God breaking in on Christ mas is “good news of great joy” because God is vulnerable first. Our salvation and our Lord has come to us in the midst of all the things we understand: birth and cities, poverty and cold, and government and culture that don’t always seem to have our best interests at heart. God breaks in upon us as a baby – a baby born to me and “to you.”
This Christmas, accept the power of vulnerability. Allow God to break in and be present in the midst of your life. Come to the Christ child understanding the invitation into the life of God in Jesus’ vulnerability. Allow Christmas to be the place that you break into the life of God and God breaks into your life.
Jesus, we humble ourselves before you this Christmas. To the best of our ability, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable before you. We lay aside our defenses and come out of hiding. Let this Christmas be the place we join in the life of God in Christ Jesus. Let this Christmas be the time we allow you to join us in our lives. We pray this all in Jesus’ name, Amen.