TO SAVE US ALL - REFLECTION
Days ago we rang in the New Year. I remember when I was little, and the year "2017" only existed in movies with a future that was so far ahead of us. And now it is upon us. It's amazing how fast the time goes by.
This season tends to be a time of reflection for many of us. I find myself thinking about times past, my present reality, and also Christmases to come. I find myself thinking about an idealistic future holiday season because my current one, while incredibly joyful and full of love, seems so imperfect. And when I humble myself enough to admit that, the more I find camaraderie amidst so many people who feel the same way. We live in a broken world, and therefore our realities are also broken. So what is it about the birth of a child 2000 years ago that changes that reality? The Christ-child brings us the thrill of hope!
I was recently reading about a certain Japanese art form called Kintsukuroi. Kintsukuroi is the art of repairing pottery, but there something unique about this certain form of art: instead of just gluing broken pieces of pottery back together, Kintsukuroi uses lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold. The once jagged edges of the broken pottery are filled with exquisite streams of gold. Now, I'm sure that this isn't Christian in origin, but I love the parallel to the coming of Christ meeting human brokenness. If you look up pictures of Kintsukuroi, the pottery is in fact more beautiful after the repair than before it was broken at all. The pottery is made new.
"...who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil 2: 6-11)
While we were still broken, still hurting, still completely and totally unable to love God as he deserves, he chose to take on the form of a human flesh in order to save us. Nothing that we could ever do could warrant ourselves worthy of that. He comes out of transparent and total love. He empties out himself for us. He gives the gift of himself to us, and He does so time and time again.
As we continue the celebration of this Christmas season, let us welcome Him with open arms, allowing him to transform our reality. Let us allow him to make us new.
O, come let us adore Him!
Written by Andrea Thomas
- Were there times this Christmas when you found your reality less than perfect? In what ways can you invite Christ into that?
- In this new year, what areas of your life can you invite Christ to make new?
- Is there a specific loved one you can pray for in 2017, for their openness and receptivity to Christ's healing?
- In what areas can you offer gratitude and thanksgiving to God for the blessings of 2016?