“…everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)

O God of the silent, holy night, it is fitting that on Christmas we are reminded by this text of the extraordinary gift of your Son who was born as our Savior.  You loved us so much that you could not leave us alone in the darkness of our own making.  So you came to be with us, as one of us.  All of the holiness and glory of your divine life was suddenly wrapped up in a small newborn child wrapped in swaddling cloths.

We are never more vulnerable than when we try to love, but you have revealed yourself as a God who has taken on our humanity in its most tender state.  How do we wrap our heads around a God who would become as vulnerable as a newborn baby just to be with us, as one of us?

But there is more.  To receive this love is to be saved from our misgivings, hurts, and inadequacies in loving others.  After the advent of the Word becoming flesh, whenever we try to love, you are there in the midst of it – regardless of how flawed our love may be.

So as the New Year approaches, we resolve again to love again.  It is the only way we can know you who are found only in such vulnerability.  Amen.
 

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