The Beginning of a Revolution

Good morning all!

In just four days billions of people will make their way to sacred places to hear again that age old story that begins “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus…….” And ends with “she gave birth to her first born son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger for there was no room for them in the Inn.” It is a story that speaks of mystery, hope and light. People who never come to church any other time of year find themselves drawn to hear again this story and perhaps for one brief moment are transformed by its power.

There is something warm and fuzzy about the portrayal of these events that took place over 2000 years ago and we are caught in its wonder. We sing of things like silent and holy nights, of a child that is laid in a manger and no crying he makes, of choirs of angels that announce the Glory of the Divine presence, shepherds who come to the stable to worship and wise ones who bring gifts in celebration. And all of this is good but what does it really mean and do we fully grasp what takes place on this night?

I wonder just how silent this night was? Thousands of people had descended on the city to register and there were no vacancies in the Inns. People were camping out wherever they could find a space, like a stable. Mary was in the throws of hard labour and that definitely is not a silent experience! And what child makes entry into this world without that first triumphal entry cry? In fact that this the sound that we all wait to hear for it indicates arrival and life. Choirs of angels certainly do not make for quiet and contemplative. It is said that a multitude of angels proclaimed “For unto you is born this night, in the city of David, a Saviour who is Christ the Lord!” And they meant for people to hear!!

Then there is the birth of Jesus that isn’t about an infant that is meek and mild. This child is one whose entry into the world signals change and challenge, promise and possibility and even chaos. On this night is born a voice that will be loud and bold and courageous calling the nations to account, He will confront empire and injustice, he will break down age old barriers and invite people to walk a different path.

The story of Christmas is one of mystery and wonder but it is also one of change and empowerment. It goes far beyond one night so long ago. It was the beginning of a revolution!

My prayer is that this Christmas perhaps we will have eyes to see and ears to hear the whole story and that we will leave the stable empowered to bring this child to life in the world every day of the year!

Blessings, Valerie

Reminders

Christmas eve
10:30am Children’s Christmas Celebration
7pm We tell the story in Word and Song
10pm We journey to the stable ~ Candlelight Communion

Christmas Day
10am We gather in the Hall to celebrate the arrival
of the Christ Child!

A reminder that the office will be closed during Christmas and New Years. Please contact Valerie at (902) 324-1615 should you need anything.

December 27th at 2pm We will gather in the church to celebrate the life of Mary Shephard. Any able to lend your voice to the choir please arrive by 1:30pm.

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