God With Us: Reflections on Advent
During this season of Advent we turn our focus to the story of the Christ Child, Emmanuel, God with us. We focus on the shepherds in the fields, the young unwed mother waiting to give birth, Joseph, who follows where God is leading, even as he is unsure of what the future holds. We talk of stables and mangers and cows and wise men, and we speak of angels. The angels in the story of Christmas are the ones who keep the story going. They provide the drama, they bring the message to whomever it is they are supposed to meet, and then we watch the story unfold from there.
It’s the angel who brings a message of hope to Zechariah and Elizabeth, a son to enter their lives even at their old age. It’s an angel who comes to Mary and tells her that she will give birth to God’s son, that she will be favored and in this moment she feels that message of peace. It’s an angel that comes to Joseph with a message of joy, that even when all seems like it is coming undone, God is present in the birth of the son that he will raise even though it is not his own. And it is an angel who comes to the shepherds, sharing God’s message of love, love that is meant not just for the shepherds or Zechariah and Elizabeth or Mary and Joseph, but for the whole world!
As we prepare for Jesus to enter the world once again, may we remember the messages that the angels bring during this season of waiting and anticipation. May we remember in the midst of the hustle and the bustle of Christmas cheer, that at the center of this miraculous birth are God’s hope, peace, joy and love poured out for the world.
-Melissa Rynders, Worship Coordinator