He arrived by prophecy yet not by invitation. Although civilization marks time by His birth, many don’t give Him the time of day.
Unwelcome and misunderstood by a world created through Him. Incorruptible flesh born outside expected comforts and care. The center of our cosmos and human history humbles all egos by a newborn’s cry. Swaddled, vulnerable and completely dependent – He cries in the wilderness. His cry is but a whisper, a passing sound of need in our spinning realities that give some pause while many ignore. His love conquers an impossible mission while revealing the One that sent Him. He reveals the One that completes our hearts and draws our soul if we but trust in child-like wonder of His presence. He encourages all to put flesh to our charity so that our very words become love incarnate to neighbors in need of it.
The spirit of Christmas is not simply of seasonal giving but rather a deep sense of awe of being profoundly loved… even to the point of redemption. As Mary provided milk to the bread of mankind’s search for true life, Christmas awakens our hearts and opens our ears to embracing perfect love. As we unwrap ourselves from the binds of distraction to experience God’s presence, make sure you step outside and listen for the echo of that faint cry in the chilly night air.
Emmanuel! Christ has come!
In a newborn’s cry.
Exhausted travelers –
Warm a cave nearby.
Angels! Trumpets! Singing!
Fill the night-time sky.
Thunderstruck and trembling,
Shepherds wonder why.
God comes uninvited,
Despite the prophecies.
Redemption’s Living Bread,
Feed the few who believe.
Christmas begs the question,
“Do you hear His cry?”
What is your decision –
Accept or deny?
God’s invitation has no middle ground
Incarnate bears Love, perfect and profound.
His gift of faith sees – as far as it can see,
Patiently awaits… ‘neath your Christmas tree.
©2011 by Chris Clody 12/21/11
Emmanuel, “God with us,” is the true undertone of Christmas. What does the “Spirit” of Christmas mean to you?
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