Jesus Is Born

Sunday, December 22

12-22By Kris Judd of Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly… 20 an angel of the Lord appeared to him… “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

—Matthew 1:18–21

I have many children, all of whom belong to other mothers. I never had the privilege of giving birth, but have been blessed to love and care for children from my family, friends, and church. A few years ago I had the opportunity to witness the birth of a special baby, Jasmine, the daughter of two good friends.

Jasmine was not an expected pregnancy. Mother nor father were ready to welcome her into the world. Her father was not sure she was even his, but vowed to raise her and treat her as his own regardless. I was in the hospital room with Jasmine’s mother, father and grandmother the morning she arrived. It had been a long night, filled with discomfort, anxiety and fear.

On her arrival the world seemed different, more alive, more real. God opened my eyes with a sense of wonder and possibility that I had not experienced in the same way before. I fell in love with the world and with a baby whose life changed forever the lives of two unprepared but willing parents.

Perhaps that is how Joseph and Mary were feeling when their son arrived. They did not plan, nor were they ready for this baby. But the baby that arrived changed not only their lives but millions of lives around the world. His birth continues to change lives every moment. Two thousand years ago, the birth of Jesus Christ ushered in a new possibility of a kingdom for which the faithful had been waiting for way too long. The world is still waiting to see it in its fullness. It is here and it is coming. Hallelujah! Jesus is born!

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, let us be the ones who bring good news to the poor, joy to the broken hearted, hope to those who wait. Let us share the news of the Christ child and his peace.

Spiritual Practice: Joy
Prepare room in your heart for the Christ child. Prepare room in your heart for joy. Think of the many ways you experience joy in the Advent season: bells, candles, lights, carols, special food, gift giving, time with family and friends, celebrations of the birth of Christ. Reflect on the many ways you can share joy in the Advent season: giving to those in need, making a place for everyone at the table, greeting strangers, helping others, being a presence. Continue your own list. Thank God for the joy you experience and the opportunities to share it.

Peace Covenant
On this joyous day, God, I will share the joy of the coming of the Christ Child.

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