Posted by: gmscan | December 20, 2010

Christmas Thought…

I love baby feet and toes. They are so tiny but also so perfect. Jesus had such feet when he was in the manger, but they were destined to be run-through with spikes hammered into a rough wooden cross until he died a slow painful death.

I can’t imagine giving over my son to such a fate, especially knowing that he was innocent of any crime, of any sin.

Yet, that is what God did, and more. God, who is infinite, all knowing, and all powerful transformed himself into a human baby,  tortured and killed by the very men he was sent to save.

I’ve been listening to Handel’s Messiah a lot this year. I know the piece well, having sung it in several choirs over the years, but it has come alive for me this year. I’ve often thought it odd that it is considered Christmas music when it is actually more suited for Easter. But maybe that is the point – that the birth of Christ is only the first step to the real miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection, all on behalf of unworthy humans.

The other day while driving I was moved to tears by the stark contrast of the bouncy, “All we like sheep have gone astray, everyone to his own way,” followed by the soaring and somber, “And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

It could hardly be more apt in these days of “do your own thing,” and “if it feels good, do it.” We all have become mindless, self-centered narcissists. We are happy to slaughter the baby who was sent to save us if he gets in the way of our pleasure.

How can God ever forgive us?

Yet, I know he will, if only we ask him to.

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If you are not one of the 24 million people who have watched this, you are missing a treat. Hallelujah!


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  1. Merry Christmas to your and your family, Greg!

  2. Greg:
    Thanks for the posting.
    Sin, as you probably know, is an archer’s term, meaning missing the mark.
    Hopefully, we aim for the bullseye, but, of we’re lucky, we can just graze the target.
    As a Jewish fellow, I don’t believe in the divinity of Jesus, but I do believe in his father, God.
    And, when my relationship is right with Him, I have peace.
    When I miss the mark, anxiety is sure to follow.
    What the Bible provides for me, and what I encourage my Unitarian Universalist friends, as well as my friends at Chabad (a mystical orthodox part of Judaism), is to look at life not so much as right and wrong, but holy and unholy.
    The Bible provides this holy/unholy dichotomy.
    It provideds, in my mind, the best “objective” source of material for us to learn how to think, speak, and act, as we were designed to be.
    We are works of art, but we are not the Artist.
    Shalom,
    and Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate.
    Don Levit

  3. Greg,

    I have to tell you what a profound effect your spiritual journey is having on me!

    I enrolled in RCIA classes (Catholic Church’s education course for those interested in joining the Church) to learn more about my own Catholic faith. It has been like a flurry of synapses in my brain firing during these sessions and the readings I complete. It is amazing how many times I have heard the words, the gospels, the catachesis of the Church, but have never fully understood what God was saying. This excerise has been overwhelming in so many ways. Often times, I am mortified at my past thought processes and actions that I never gave much thought to in relation to Christ’s teachings. It’s like I have been so busy doing “things” rather than “being”. Seldom understanding that focusing on the ordinary daily activities as parenting or being a good employee as a way to achieve or accomplish the God’s Will.

    Have you looked back over really bad times and now realize that how you handled them was what God was watching? So much lost opportunity on my part! Now, the goal is to be mindful of words and actions at all times; however, I still fail miserably at times– especially when I so deeply disagree with others’ views on socialism, right and wrong, etc. The lives of the saints are amazing stories of adversity, tribualtions, and mental and physical suffering ,and how each dealt with such. Some are great stories of how as mere mortals these saints turned away from lives centered on earthly treasures ( a little debauchery too!)and sought those favored by God.

    I am hopeful the most important lesson is that we all have the same opportunity to reach heaven regardless of when the light bulb first flickers and then reaches full potential.

    May the Peace of Christ be with your family and you this Christmas and throughout your lives.

    Jerry


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