I remember the first time I perceived the holiness of God. I was simultaneously in awe and disgusted. In awe of the beauty of God’s holiness and disgusted by who I was in comparison. I didn’t want God to see-but you can’t hide from God. I didn’t think I deserved the love and grace-but God decided to give it. I didn’t think I could stand in his presence, but Christ made it possible. Then everything changed.
Today we celebrate the day that everything changed.
Silent night, holy night! Son of God, loves pure light… Nothing compares to the purity and holiness of God. But if we wanted to get a picture: it is the difference between the fresh mountain spring and a browned, murky creek. Its the freshly fallen snow compared to the mess it becomes once it melts. God’s pure love does not compare to your most romantic or finest familial love. It is untarnished by the human conditions of sin. Unsullied by malice, envy, and strife. The love of God is the purest love that is offered or encountered. This love is given to us in the Christ child.
This pure love is reflected in the redeeming grace. The grace that takes your tarnished life and makes it luminous. Your sin, your shame, your darkness-redeemed.
Will you receive this gift? Today, will you give your life and soul to the one who redeems it by grace? This gift is incomparable. It is offered freely, willingly, and with perfect love.
May this Christmas be different for you.
May it be new and stunning.
May it be life-altering.
And may you know the redeeming grace of our Lord Jesus Christ at his birth.
Make some time to find someplace quiet and reflect on the birth of Jesus. When you are ready, you may pray this prayer.
All hymns referenced throughout the series found in one spot. Some versions are traditional. Others…not so much. Enjoy!