What a wonderful time of the year! Whether it is a ‘white’ Christmas where flashingly-lit trees and extravagant decorations dominate the view, or a hot, humid Christmas where people are mostly concerned about finding a way to travel ‘home’ before December 25th . . . I love this season.
We have the amazing privilege of being with our three boys and Ibrahim’s family this week. Debbi is ‘alone’ in the States; she decided to stay in her apartment in Wheaton over the holidays.
The birth of the Christ-child is what we are all celebrating. What does that mean to you? To me? This year my response is more like Mary’s: pondering. Jesus came as a baby; the ultimate cross-cultural Missionary. It is good to remember his birth, just as we remember and celebrate anyone’s birthday, but He is in no way a ‘baby’ to me today. Sometimes I might wish that our own children could be babies again; infancy is such an exciting phase of life. But that cannot happen. I must face the reality of who they are today, and relate with them accordingly. So with Jesus. Each one of us needs to reconcile ourselves with the reality of the risen, victorious Christ. Keeping him in a manger might make it easier to dodge the demands of an authentic Kingdom walk, but that is not realistic.
So instead, I am pondering what Jesus expects from me this coming year — what I need to change so that my life would be more in line with His eternal purpose.
May celebrating the birth of our King this year bring each one of us a re-birth of hope (that might be lost), joy (that might be waning), and faith (that might be weak).
HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS!
~ Diane for the Omondi’s