Today is December 28th. Our Christmas tree still stands in the living room, but it doesn’t seem nearly as friendly without the mound of presents that surrounded it only a few days ago. The little Christmas train fell silent as soon as the grandkids went home.
Events surrounding Christmas 2015, are now being filed away in my memory bank.
A favorite Christmas 2015 memory of grandkids in cute matching pajamas.
I’m so aware that Christmas memories are not always good. Unhealthy family dynamics or thoughts related to loss or grief create bitter memories that often last a lifetime. For readers who’ve been struggling with those kinds of memories this Christmas season, I’ve prayed for you. I imagine God’s heart aches for those who hurt at Christmas. I hope these words from the psalmist bring a measure of comfort:
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. (Psalm 34:18 NLT)
Even though my Christmas 2015 holds many special remembrances of family, my favorite memory is the gift only God could give. Ron and I had celebrated the birth of our Savior at a beautiful Christmas Eve church service followed by the excitement of a holiday supper and opening Christmas gifts with our daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren who live locally.
After our daughter’s family left for home and dirty dishes were tucked into the dishwasher, Ron and I decided to take a car ride at an hour we would normally be in bed sound asleep. We headed out into our always-beautiful hometown, transformed by over a foot of freshly-fallen snow into a wintry fairyland.
It was a silent night, a holy night; all was calm; all was bright!
Memories of Christmas 2015—whether good or not so good–will fade. The holiday we worked so hard to make memorable—or tried to forget–is now history. But, the message of Christmas—the message of Immanuel, the incarnate God, born as a little baby, wrapped in rags rather than dressed in cute pajamas–will remain forever relevant and good.
“What does incarnate mean? How was Jesus God incarnate?”
Answer: The Latin verb incarnare meant “to make flesh.” When we say that Jesus Christ is God “Incarnate,” we mean that the Son of God took on a fleshly, bodily form (John 1:14). However, when this happened in the womb of Mary, Jesus’ earthly mother, He did not stop being deity. Although Jesus became fully human (Hebrews 2:17), He retained His status as God (John 1:1, 14). How Jesus is able to be both man and God simultaneously is one of the great mysteries of Christianity but is nevertheless a test of orthodoxy (1 John 4:2;2 John 1:7). Jesus has two distinct natures, divine and human. “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (John 14:11). http://www.gotquestions.org/God-incarnate.html