Let us be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself up for us. Ephesians 5:1–2
The Christmas holiday season is visible in our culture because there’s money to be made. But the greediness and gaudiness of cultural Christmas hides the glory of God’s Christmas. Our times are not unlike those into which Jesus was born. The next time he arrives it will be obvious. In the meanwhile, we can make him visible by imitating his love, especially for our enemies.
Incarnate deity surprised the world.
So unexpecting people blindly swirled
Around his birth, and missed creation’s king
As he arrived to take away death’s sting.
The little babe lay helpless in the straw.
So no one knew how angels watched in awe
As God’s great mystery of love began
To be revealed according to his plan.
Though twenty hundred years have slipped away,
It seems that very few can see today
That Jesus really was God’s holy Son
And Mankind’s loving savior all in one.
Almighty, wise and ever gracious Lord,
Reveal yourself through sinners you’ve restored.