Maybe your angel was a beloved grandmother who read you Bible stories or brought you to Sunday School. Perhaps it was someone who sat next to you in a troubled time and you felt God alive for the first time. Or maybe your angel was the writer of a book or the director of a movie, whereby you “saw the light.” You and I wouldn’t be in church on a Sunday if someone hadn’t been the embodiment of an angel. We speak about Jesus being the Word made flesh. Certainly, there has been somebody in each of our lives who was God incarnate.
This Sunday is Christmas Eve. As we rejoice in our Savior’s birth in a manger, we also rejoice in God’s birth in our lives. Christmas is the announcement of a grand change in the world. In order to comprehend that news, we must not only hear it, but we must receive it. Christ’s birth demands our response. We can say what we will about Christmas, it’s not of our own devising. It is a gift from God. When we can say “yes” like Mary did, that will make all the difference. Think of Christmas as our moment of new beginnings, bursting with fresh possibility and birthing new hope. What will begin for each of us this Christmas Day?
Peace, Pastor Gary