A Sanitized Christmas?
December 13, 2011 § 2 Comments
Based on Luke 1:26-38, Mike Slaughter writes, “It is easy to sanitize the birth event because we approach the story of the incarnation already knowing the end. It’s kind of like missing the experience of a good book or movie because your friend already told you how it turns out. Therefore, we have to understand the Immanuel event in the context of what Mary was experiencing at that moment. Miracles never happen outside the context of mystery and mess. The miracle of the incarnation was no exception; however, it begins with the assurance of the angel’s promise: ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you’ (Luke 1:28). The first premise of faith – knowing that God is with you, that you are favored, and that God is the pursuer in the relationship, regardless the circumstances – begins right here.” It is important to notice that Mary was favored, not perfect. And that the birth of Jesus happened in the midst of very messy circumstances to say the least. Messiness is the soil for God’s miracles. He always shows up in surprising ways and in unexpected places. That will also be true today about your life and mine. We are not perfect, but because we are favored, we can anticipate God to do surprising things in the midst of our own messy circumstances.