December 25 Child

On this Christ Day, let us remind ourselves of the star shining bright in the sky, bringing great joy to all. Visualize the young child with Mary at His side. Let us waken to the true meaning; ask what is it for; ask why He was born and what it means for us today; ask God where it is heading, what is the future.

As we sing: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Remember that God came to us, showing us the sins of society, the sins that still persist today. We are God’s creation and there is no separation between us and God for separation is the great sadness. To quote Oscar Romero, “Let our hearts be open like a cradle so that Christ can be born in each soul tonight and from there flood every heart with light.” In the birth of Jesus, there is light; there is hope; there is love.

On this day of glory and celebration, gift giving and revelation, we remember that God provides more than we can ever know. Whatever our shortcomings, God forgives; whatever our failures, God forgives; let us open our hearts allowing God to enter.

Heavenly Father, as we open our hearts to you, allow us to recognize the love and value of all people in our world. As we celebrate the birth of Your son, allow us to follow in His footsteps, giving love and value to all of Your Creation.

© Russell Kendall Carter

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