Wednesday – Christmas, December 25, 2013; John 1:1-14
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,] and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
Christmas comes into the midst of our lives…often it seems to sneak up on us…although we know it is coming, it’s arrival can often seem sudden, and too soon…and it seems to depart just as quickly…
But the reason behind Christmas stays with us…
As you know, the birth of a baby is just the beginning of the journey; just the start of the adventure. After all the new has rubbed off, and we are used to having this new child in our lives, as parents, we are called to get down to the task of raising that child, which means helping them through all the stages of growing up, and learning about life.
I remember when my daughter was a baby, and we would spend many nights listening to her cry, unable to sooth her, unable to sleep unless we walked and walked and walked with her, and the tiredness and reality overcame us with frustration…what saved us was the joy of being parents, of having this new life in our midst!
As she grew, and I became a single father, there were many more frustrations to face, from late nights of illness, to school issues, arguments, and then later helping her through relationship and legal issues, and a few scary nights when I was not sure where she was…and I had to pick her up from places I would not have chosen for her….
Through this all, there is the memory of the joy I felt at her birth, the moments of absolute joy in time spent with her playing, going on vacations, teaching her to ride about, and the sweet terror of teaching her to drive.
Life as a single parent is good! Life as a single parent can also be a challenge, but I was never promised an easy ride…no parent is!
However, our children are a gift to us, and what we teach them…even with our mistakes…and our love, is our gift to them; and in the long run, we have the faith that they are in God’s hands.
Today, as we celebrate Christmas (hopefully) with our children, let us remember the joys of our time together, the love we share, and the faith we carry with us…faith that God is with us all…and that the baby Jesus is a sign of this promise of God’s love.
Today, let us gain strength for the journey yet to come, as we live our lives, and raise our children and do the best we can…
As with Scrooge, let us keep the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of new life, and the hope of Christ alive in our hearts every day, whether these days are good or challenging.
Let us Pray
God, thank you for the gift of Christ, the gift of your love, and the gift of being single parents. Let us put aside our worries and struggles for today, and bask in the light of the stable, the light of Christ that shines from Christmas all the way through to Easter morning and beyond. Let us keep Christmas, and the joy of living in our hearts every day…whether those days are sunny or cloudy…let us remember that you are always with us.