I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days Challenge, so for the month of October I’ll be writing each day about 31 Days of Christmas: plan a little now to enjoy it more later. You can see all of the posts here.
Today is the 13th day in this 31 day series on preparing for Christmas and like last Sunday, I’m sharing a post from Ann Voskamp. In her post How to Really Hold Jesus this Christmas, she describes meeting the girl in Ecuador that she sponsors through Compassion International and how it changed her. She challenges herself, and us, to remember that God came to earth in an unlikely way and He still reveals himself in unlikely ways. Remembering Christ, she prompts us, means not forgetting those in need around us.
“If God avoided red carpets and opted instead to enter the black stable, is there anywhere the hallowed presence of God won’t appear? If the blinding holiness of God breaks into this world with the cry of a child wrapped in filthy cloths, lying in a dung heap — then couldn’t God reveal Himself anywhere?
If we can’t ever fly from God, if God could show up anywhere— then when it’s exactly most unlikely for Him to come to us — it is most like Him to come to us right then. …
God meets us not so much in the lovely — but in the unlikely. …
We are born in time, still, to embrace the Christ Child: we can hold Christ now in every hurting person we hold.”
I’m praying that this year we hold onto Christmas by looking for Christ in unlikely places and embracing the hurting people around us.
Enjoy your Sunday!