Scripture: Luke 2:6-7
Reflection: “The baby is going to do what the baby is going to do.” That’s what Jennifer’s doctor told her when she was pregnant with our firstborn. Boy, was she right. John was due January 13th. He decided to come on December 23rd, the day before my first Christmas Eve as an ordained pastor. Never have I felt less in control than the day he was born. I wonder if Joseph and Mary felt that way. Surely the scheduled delivery date was after the census had been taken. Surely the baby would wait to be born until after they got home from Bethlehem. Surely they would get back to the safe confines of Nazareth, and out from among the farm animals they were relegated to room with.
But no. The baby is going to do what the baby is going to do. “While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.” When it comes to babies, we’re not in control. Yet this baby embodies exactly what we need when we realize we are not in control. This baby embodies the presence of God-with-us. God’s presence with us in the midst of the mayhem and the madness and the mangers of this world changes everything. God’s presence enables us to endure whatever chaos we face. God’s presence brings that peace that passes all understanding that makes this night holy. Christ the Savior is born! Alleluia! Amen!
Prayer: For your presence with us in the midst of the mayhem and the madness and the mangers of our world, we give you thanks and praise, O God. You are with us, and that is enough, enough to offer us everything we need to face whatever comes our way. Thank you for your love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Author: Joe Clifford, Pastor
year in the Bible
A Year in the Bible, Beginning January 1, 2021, myersparkpres.org/bible – Join with reading plans for all ages, from children to adult. Supplemented with videos, celebrations, and discipleship events.
Samson did what with the jaw bone of a donkey?! Read the whole Bible in 2021
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].