There is something about Christmas that reaches within me, touching me at a very deep level that is hard to put into words. Yet is it is well described by our Christmas lights – bright, colourful, ethereal and easily missed within the bushes if I’m not looking properly. All of the Christmas preparations – cards, gifts, food – are designed to connect us, to strengthen relationships. Who binds us together in our relationships but our God who is love.
Our God doesn’t behave like we want – no power, no glory, no ego. Yet still manifest all around us if we open our eyes. Which is why the baby at Christmas is such a telling image. A baby is powerless and can bring out the best in us including the nurturing relationships in which babies grow to their full flourishing.
May we open our eyes and our hearts to the people and the world around us – the gift of God-with-us – every day.
My new book of reflections – one for each day of the year, This New Day, is now available. As usual, royalties go to St Maria Mazzarello school in Venilale, Timor-Leste. Order from http://www.coventrypress.com.au