We want to cry out, “Why can’t Christmas be the way it used to be? Clean and pure and holy?” And the answer comes: This is the world in which God’s love and grace are present. This is the Bethlehem world that our savior entered.
The promise of peace on earth lives in the prayers and actions of people who have heard God’s promise. “Unto you is born a savior” happens again when you provide food for the hungry. “Unto you” happens when you call someone longing for a friend. From our Christmas trees and the families gathered at our tables, from the warmth of our Sunday school programs and carols, may we hasten to tell the story: We have seen Christmas again.
This message is adapted from “The Hopes and Fears of All the Years” written by Marj Leegard in the December 2002 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine. Today we remember John, apostle and evangelist (transferred).