Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Number 2 of 7 Musings on Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany


“I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!” We hear this sung-sentiment over and over at this season. It’s a lovely thought, whether home is where we live, where we grew up, or even the home of dear friends. To be “home” is to be some place welcoming with people who are familiar. Being home is cozy and comfortable.

Joseph’s hometown was Bethlehem; it possibly was not Mary’s. Even though there were most likely relatives and others Joseph knew, they didn’t welcome the couple into their homes. Where they ended up for the night, in a cave-stable, wasn’t particularly comfy.

For Mary, it was very foreign. No relatives were there to help her as she gave birth.

It was also very foreign for Jesus (God incarnate). He left the glory of heaven with all the comforts of the home of homes, and landed in a smelly stable to be bedded in the cattle‘s feeding trough. Ta da!

For such a lackluster appearance, His arrival has had a long-lasting impact. Are you prepared to let Him in this Christmas?

Advent runs for four weeks: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, and culminates on Christmas Eve 12/24.
Christmas Day is celebrated on 12/25, however the 12 days of Christmas extend through 1/6
Epiphany, the 12th day, marks the end of the Christmas season.


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