As Christmas approaches, at a far faster speed than I prepared for, my mind keeps turning to the people involved in the first Christmas. I have had a song stuck in my head from last weekend when Kingdom Dancers danced to ‘Mary Did You Know’. I have been fascinated by this line:
How amazing Christmas is – that Jesus came into the world as an ordinary man, welcomed by very ordinary people.
14The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.
John 1.14 (Message)
How amazing that these ordinary people obeyed and saw God for themselves – Mary, engaged to the carpenter Joseph, the shepherds doing their job, the pagan astrologers following a hunch. God choose to send his son to an ordinary family struggling to make ends meet, to live as an immigrant for his first years, and to have fishermen as his best friends.
Thank God that he reveals himself to the ordinary. I pray that the everydayness of my ordinary life will be interrupted by a glimpse of God this Christmas.