Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My Favorite part of the Christmas Story

At the church staff meeting this week, Pastor Karen asked everyone to think and share their favorite part of the Christmas story. I thought about this, and I described my favorite part as the "appendix" to the story. In the traditional lessons and carols Christmas eve service, the last lesson comes from John 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.

3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The whole story is good, but the best part is the fact that God cared enough about us to invade a fallen world and save us from ourselves. The Incarnation is my favorite part of the Christmas story.

Along those lines, I absolutly love this song by Todd Agnew. Merry Christmas to all.


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