Christmas reminds us God is God and we’re not. He can arrange for a virgin to become pregnant. He can cause a Roman emperor to order a census at precisely the right moment in history. He can ensure the baby will be born at exactly the place prophesied 700 years earlier. He can put a star in the sky at the right moment. He can bring together angels, shepherds, and Wise Men to celebrate that miraculous birth. And he can take a tiny baby born in a stable and make that baby the Savior of the world.
If God can do all that, what are you so worried about?
Are you tired of trying to run the universe? I urge you to turn in your letter of resignation. It will be accepted in heaven. What are you so worried about?
Phillips Brooks was right:
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.
As we come to the end of the year, there is too much fear and not enough hope. But that won’t last forever.
God’s answer can be found in Bethlehem. The baby in the manger means God is fixing what has gone wrong with the world. It’s a big job, and 2000 years later, the work is still not done. But a light shines from the manger to tell us that darkness will not win in the end.
Christmas means Jesus can carry the full weight of all your problems, for “the government will be on his shoulders.” So if the question is, “Who’s in charge here?” then the answer comes from heaven. Our Lord is in charge. He reigns from heaven amid the chaos we see around us.
I wish you and your loved ones a blessed 12 days of Christmas.
Fr. Samuel K. Ndungu