- We find that there is room – room for all in all time.
- Evil will try to play its violent games – but the child will grow into the living image of peace and nonviolence
- Those who are often forgotten – will have the opportunity to come into the party and rejoice and give glory to God.
- We have the opportunity to see that God also ends up being a wanderer – homeless in the middle of brutality but always rising to be God with us.
- We see how the powers of the day and their endless influence – is not enough to bring an end to the coming of God for and with all.
- We hear of ordinary people like Mary and Joseph dealing with the kind of stuff that can shame us to death – and yet, we see acts of courage and faithfulness and commitment.
- We are invited to look around the room and look around the neighborhood and look around the places that are quite foreign to us – and begin to see the Christ Child coming to life even when the Child comes into places to be with people we are not ready to welcome.
There is Light…
- That will brighten the darkest of day.
- That will stretch us to see more life. than we ever thought we could see.
- That will heal the wounded soul.
- That will bring to life that which we thought could not yet be.
- That shines out to expose the lies of the day and opens our eyes to the truth of Good News that comes for all.
Through the Sundays in the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany (December 25 – March 2) come out and worship the one who brings the promise of peace and justice, mercy and loving-kindness, unbounded grace and endless forgiveness to any and all.
Welcome means welcome. All means all. Beloved means beloved. Forgiven means forgiven. In the world of American Christianity, those words are quite common, but each one can be dropped or burdened with conditions. When the love of God that knows no limit cannot be contained by the conditions humanity loves to place on all things, it is truly a love that will not let us go. This is a rare love . . . it is a costly love . . . it is a bold and upfront love for all.