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Dec  2010 21
Merry Christmas, Indeed

Jim Wilson ruminates on revelation and the Christmas story.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS, INDEED

Christmas A December 26, 2010 White Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20

“When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s go right now to Bethlehem and see what’s happened. Let’s confirm what the Lord has revealed to us.’ They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. When they saw this, they reported what they had been told about this child.” Luke 2:15-17 CEB

Christmas Day

 

Visions of angels singing in the night,

words beyond our understanding

unprecedented in theological understanding

dreaming? imagining? groggy?

the presence fully filling their minds

so off they ran

to ascertain the truth therein

 

Insights into the Holy One

filling the universe with wonder,

captivating our imagination,

sending us off on a journey into verification,

daring not to trust the instincts within,

though vanity calls aloud urging us

to note just how special we are to be so blessed,

missing thereby the babe in the manger

 

Revelation, a gift of God to all people,

fresh insights flitting about constantly,

angels, (messengers) pointing toward the discovery thereof,

faith demanding our sharing with all about,

listening to their story as ours is shared,

each of us perfecting the notions

enriching the salvific enhancements of God

 

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church,

blessed with a theological education,

understanding the nuances of god thought somewhat,

and yet no angelic choir sang the gospel message,

no Magi brought gifts of insight—

listening to the stories of the faith

sending you and me down the trail

into God awareness

 

Dancing along in the bliss of revelation,

pausing daily at the manger in Bethlehem,

sitting on that mountain listening to beatitudes,

and other truths from the mouth of this babe,

traveling on to Golgotha and Pentecost,

growing up in the church,

listening to Hurlburt’s bible stories

 sitting at the feet of loving ministers

and there always were,

Mary, Joseph and the babe,

inviting me to sing the songs of faith

here, there and everywhere

 

God is in the self revelation business,

sparking this interest of our lives,

allowing us to live beyond the moment

and fully into the present,

the Babe in the manger crying for food,

cooing at being held close to the chest,

growing into a prophet with no equal

content to be counted as friend of all

 

“The Shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising God

for all they had heard and seen.

Everything happened just as they had been told.” Luke 2:20 CEB

 

The story of salvation continuing,

revelation becoming a way of life,

Merry Christmas

 

Ah, the revelation through Jesus the Christ, God becoming human, pitching the holy tent in our midst, Merry Christmas indeed. Jim Wilson

 

Note: Jim Wilson is a retired United Methodist minister with a close connection to PTS.

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