December 25, Day Six of Week Four – The Way of Peace though Peace

Matthew 2:  1 – 12  “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”  Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.   And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”  When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.  And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.   Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.”

Dawn

All Is Well Song Link

All is well, all is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love’s light
Sing A-le, sing Alleluia

All is well, all is well
Let there be peace on Earth
Christ has come go and tell
That He is in the manger
Sing A-le, sing Alleluia

All is well, all is well
Lift up your voice and sing
Born is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia, sing Alleluia, all is well

Reflection:  All is well.  Christ is born and again we rejoice.  This day, this Christmas day, for some is filled with hectic chaos and joy.  For others, those missing ones no longer singing here on earth or separated from those they love, the day can be filled with a sadness amplified by expectations of what Christmas is supposed to be.  For a moment, let’s set aside this earthly world, travel back to the manger and sit ourselves on the hay, taking it all in.  The animals, accepting a babe the world had no room for.  Mary and Joseph, dusty and worn from a long journey and an evening of childbirth, swirling in the newfound and palpable love for their son.  A star, shining strong, beaming the good news, glittering white against a dark sky.  Amazed shepherds, at the incredible scene they alone were invited to.  Listen to their story as they tell of the angels filling the sky, scaring them and startling the sheep.  Sleeping in the midst of all around him, is the baby that will change the world forever.  The little town of Bethlehem, its streets quiet as it sleeps through the divine night.  Can you feel the powerful peace that colors the air?  How about the stupefying awe of a newborn, foretold by prophet and right there in front of you?  Can you see the angel that hovers over the manger, fluttering God’s presence?

Action:  No matter what society tells us that Christmas should be, God has already given us the handbook.  For this moment, in the midst of exhaustion or tears, lean back into God with a gratitude packed heart.  Ask him for what you need.  Thank him for what you have been given.  Sing a loud or quiet Alleluia.  All is well.

Dear God, Like the wise men, we rejoice with exceedingly great joy!  Be with us, give us a hope that soothes our hearts, plant in us memories that will ride for a lifetime.  Keep us in the moment of joy filled faces and laden tables of food and family.  In this day, of celebrating, let us remember Bethlehem.  Singing Alleluia, all is well, Amen.

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