Ready for Christmas?

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. (Garrison Keillor, American storyteller)

In most of the so-called civilized world, Christmas will be observed in just one week even by those who don’t appreciate its significance. As Keillor says, “Everyone will go through it.” But it will be just a holiday for many, including family get-togethers and gift-giving. For others, it will be the celebration of God’s entering into human experience to provide his mercy and grace.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. (John 1:14)