What I’m Thinking: Blessed Mystery

For thousands of years, Christians have disagreed about What It All Means – except that we know that God brought us grace through the person of a newborn. And that is precious.

Here’s a transcript:

I’m thinking about the birth of Jesus over two thousand years ago in Bethlehem, away from the palaces and fortresses of the powerful. I’m thinking about its mystery and about its wonder.

We have spent the last two thousand years discussing, arguing, and sometimes even fighting about What It All Means.

Matthew and Luke: they decided that they need to start with that picture, that image, of God’s salvation working itself out in a small child: in something unregarded, in something common, in something frankly noisy in the night. But for two thousand years, whatever else we have believed, we have known that God’s grace and salvation was working itself out in that small child.

And so I’m thinking about these words, lyrics from “O Little Town of Bethlehem:”

O holy child of Bethlehem,
descend to us we pray.
Cast out our sin and enter in;
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
their great glad tidings tell.
So come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel.

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Phillips Brooks

God with us.

May God be with you this Christmas, this Christmas season, and throughout the New Year. May God be with you and with all.

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious to hear what you’re thinking. Leave me your thoughts in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you.

Merry Christmas! That’s what I’m thinking.

Categories What I'm Thinking | Tags: , | Posted on December 23, 2018

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  1. by Bob LaRochelle

    On December 24, 2018


    You are right on! I wish you + yours a blessed, joyous Christmas!
    Bob LaRochelle

  2. by holycrosshilo

    On December 25, 2018

    Mahalo, Bob! May God bless you this Christmas season!

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