December 27

“From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.”  Psalm 113:3

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorable on his people and redeemed them.  He has raised up a mighty savior for us.”  Luke 1:68-69

One of my favorite Christmas quotes was penned by Charles Dickens:  “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.”  It isn’t so much the magic and wonder shown by children, as that the mighty founder of Christmas, not Hallmark or Seasonal Concepts, but our mighty savior “became flesh and dwelt among us”, an ordinary baby, born to humble parents, to give us life. 

We are always in transition … sunrise to sunset; season to season; holiday to holiday; life … infant to toddler to child to teenager to adulthood to middle age to senior to elderly to ……… We will soon recycle an out-of-date calendar and lift the cover of a new year.  We swiftly move on from celebrating the joyful birth of our Savior to events of Jesus’ adult life, healing and teaching, to his death to his resurrection.   Last Sunday’s bulletin cover shows an evergreen branch, adorned with a shiny ball reflecting three crosses.  Time – we say our clocks “keep time”; we multi-task to “save time”.  We cannot really “keep” time or “save” it.   Time is always moving.  We can ignore it or watch it pass, or we can use it … to God’s glory.  And a little child, “full of grace and truth”, will lead us … down the path of compassion and empathy, redemption and peace. 

“Summer and winter and springtime and harvest; sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

“Great is thy faithfulness!  Morning by morning new mercies I see. 

All I have needed thy hand hath provided.  Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!”  Amen  

                                                                                           (pray text :  Thomas Chisholm)

Verla Olson