During this past year, I have met people from different parts of the world who have lived through the pain that is caused by human division, greed and conflict.
Then there are the natural disasters that
leave so many lives devastated by death and loss. There are so many
people who do not have a voice and find it hard for their cries to be
We have witnessed the scenes on our television from the
Philippines. It is difficult to imagine the sense of despair and
hopelessness that so many are experiencing.
In the middle of
this mess and chaos we sing the Christmas carols and hear again the
message of the angels leading us to the manger and the “Word made
flesh.” The message hasn’t changed but, perhaps, we have sanitised it by
the images of beautiful scenes on Christmas cards.
into the mess, pain and chaos of the world: The young family quickly
became refugees and immigrants; a young man gave support and love to a
child that was not his own; a young lady allowed her reputation to be
questioned; and a baby became vulnerable to the jealousy and rage of
another king. In fact, many young babies were killed because of the
anger and insecurity of this king. A few strangers travelled a long way
to bring gifts. There were some shepherds who came to greet this baby
and they were seen as some of the least important people in society.
came into the mess on that first Christmas quietly and unobtrusively to
declare a love and hope for all of creation. This is a message that
makes sense to me because it declares that God became human to enable us
to rediscover the image of God within all of us. He became one of us to
enable us to become more like Him.
May you all know the presence
of God with you and within you this Christmas.