Merry Christmas to each of you.  Thanks for stopping by my site throughout the year, leaving encouraging notes, and engaging life with me on the web.

What a time to be alive.  What a season to celebrate.  Christmas always grounds me in meaning.  As I think about the Incarnation, how the infinite became finite and try to wrap my head around the paradox of Emmanuel, my response is wonder and adoration.

Christmas is truly proof that the impossible does happen: redemption is real.  It isn’t some far-off heavenly concept we can never touch or see, but it is here, among us.  God came down, he didn’t just reach into the darkness, but subverted it by entering it, defeating it through a perfect and compassionate life, and then swallowing it up in one complete and terrible sacrifice.

And Christ also said, “You are the light of the world… let your light so shine.”

The world is still rife with darkness.  Some think it proof that there is no God.  Like the child carried in the womb of whom there is little evidence of existence for a period of time, so is the story of redemption taking form and shape in the doubt and human darkness.

My prayer is that as you reflect on the wonder of the Incarnation, that it will build your expectation to see real stories of redemption made flesh for you and yours.

Much grace,

Andrew!

PS – In 2001, I wrote a Christmas poem to celebrate the season while Christmas-ing in Malaysia.

I adapted it this morning and wanted to share it with you.  Enjoy!

“Christ the Lord” – click to download the poem in PDF form

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