Luke 2, 1-7
Something to read
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
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Something to think about
Christ is come.
Today we celebrate the truth that Christ has arrived and is among us. What does this mean for us exactly? In reality, it means the same thing today as it does every day... God is with us. Mary held Jesus in her arms, Jesus then held the world in His arms and now we need to hold others in our arms.
Jesus is here, but Jesus has always been here through and in each one of us. He has entrusted the care of others and this world to us. We are His hands and feet now in this world. His arrival at any moment to anyone is truly good news.
The irony of Christmas Day is that we often hastily unwrap gifts and want to show and share our gifts to and with everyone. But the one perfect gift that all should unwrap stays wrapped up in a manger.
Don’t leave Christ in the manger after today. Be His hands, be His feet, be the good news, be to others what Christ has been to you.
Do celebrate today, because it is an event worthy of celebration and may your celebrations be mindful of Him.
Something to do
Take a few minutes out from the excitement and busyness of today to just thank God for the gift of His son and to pray for others, for those who have no gifts and for those who do not know the one perfect gift.
Something to pray
Ever-present Lord, we thank you for the gift of your son Jesus. We thank you that you are mindful of us and that you care for us so deeply. Lord, enable us to be your hands and feet here on this Earth, bringing gifts of hope, good news, justice, equality and liberation to all who are in need.
Today's contributor is Richard Stein, a former student at Westminster College, Cambridge.