“‘And so, this is Christmas,’” in the musical words of John Lennon. This is a simple story that we have heard our whole lives. And now it is before us. The mysterious pregnancy, the labored journey to Bethlehem, the star, the stable, the myriad angels in the blazing sky, the haste of the shepherds discovering the newborn, and the broad proclamation that from this inauspicious place everything in the whole world had changed. It is all because this event more than any other event since the creation of the world has made a difference for you and me. Despite the immensity of the universe of stars, galaxies and planets in their courses God coming to us in the birth of a baby has shown that God is with us. God knows the experience of our humanity, the ups and downs, the triumphs and travails of life. And so, whatever the joys or sorrows of our lives, God has been there. God is with us, and God will continue to be with us, throughout this life and beyond.
Joy to the world; Merry Christmas!