If there is one constant theme throughout the Christmas Story it’s that God is doing something WONDERFUL! That the Messiah comes and brings with Him graceful forgiveness… that leads to salvation… that leads to healing… that leads to peace… that leads to Joy is a REAL outpouring of God’s love for us and God’s presence with us.
Sure, the promise has not been fulfilled completely yet but we are assured of it by the coming of Jesus. What HE started will be completed. Until then, the Advent/Christmas themes of waiting, watching, expecting, and rejoicing are themes we can take on all year long.
Notice though, another constant theme in God’s wonderful Christmas works is that the people involved must give control over to God. I’m sure both Mary and Joseph would have liked to do things a little differently! But, in the end, the choice of the faithful is to ‘let go and let God’.
Sometimes we think we know best. Sometimes we think we have to do it ourselves. Sometimes we want what we want and no one is going to get in the way… not even God. This leads to all sorts of struggles and strife. Quite possibly the greatest gift of peace and joy we can experience this Christmas will come from simply letting go and letting God take over in our lives.
Christmas reminds us of God’s great love and the coming of a Savior. We all need to be saved FROM something and we all need to be saved TO something. God wants to be our Savior. And the Christmas gift to the world is that this salvation is freely given:
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”(Luke 2:10-11, 14)
If you’ve not yet accepted this free grace from God… Christmas is a GREAT time to start. It starts with a simple prayer like this: admit we are imperfect (and sometimes downright wrong), let go of our selfishness and need for control, accept God’s gift and invite Jesus into the #1 spot in our hearts, minds, and lives, and, finally, pledge our best efforts to live in faith, hope and love.
If you’ve taken time to pray a prayer like this then welcome to the start of an amazing journey of faith and life that will grow each of us into the people God created us to be. Feel free to contact me at the Waretown United Methodist Church to discover and discuss your next steps on this faith journey.