“For as the Virgin’s womb was worthy to bear Christ the Lord, so we mortals are worthy to bear Christ in the world. Our waiting in our own periods of gestation bears the fruit of her womb then, now, and to come.” ((McSpadden, Christine. What Are You Waiting For? (Kindle Locations 858-860). Forward Movement. Kindle Edition.))
The long Advent wait is done. The feast of the birth of the Lord Jesus is now. As we begin the wondrous season of Christmas I am reminded that in a certain way a new process of waiting and discovery has begun.
During the next 12 days of Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Lord Emmanuel. Jesus was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. The Christ continues to be born in us today. From the moment the Word is planted in our hearts, the long process of gestation has begun. As each day and year go by, we pray the Lord be more fully manifest through us and our lives.
What marvelous things will God’s Word bring forth now?
Tonight and through out the Christmas season I will make my prayer:
O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray; cast out our sins and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel. (O little town of Bethlehem)