We are in the midst of a season of almost nonstop activity. Looking back on past years I remember visiting one of the churches on our district at this time of the year. They had recruited a young woman and her infant son to play Mary and the baby Jesus. I remember the baby, eyes wide open taking in everything around him. The look on his face was one of awe and wonder. I also remember when our granddaughters were young and staying with us as Ginny was getting our Christmas decorations out. I was in my office working on a sermon when I heard Maggie calling out to her sister “come and see, come and see.”
Awe and wonder. Each year, I find some way to include the prologue from the Gospel of John in my Christmas celebration. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-14 NRSV)
As we are filled with the awe and wonder of Emanuel, God among us, let us join Maggie in proclaiming, COME AND SEE, COME AND SEE. The light that the darkness did not, cannot overcome is here with us.
Thank you, Father God, for the light that shine through the darkness of the world. Amen.
Always, To God be the glory!