In Bethlehem’s Babe God Moves In

Five years ago, Lavone and I moved from Greenville, Illinois to Indianapolis, Indiana.  It was the smoothest and most care-free move we’ve ever had.  We are grateful beyond words, and more comfortable than we deserve in our home (which because of travel still seems quite new).  All the more so, when we acknowledge this Christmas time that more than 68 million people in today’s world are displaced from their home, among them in excess of 25 million refugees.  Make no mistake: The vast majority of the displaced would give anything to be home.  Similarly, the vast majority of refugees are the victims of injustice perpetrated against them and their loved ones.   Christmas is about Another who moved into places …

JOY FOR ALL–A SAVIOR!

Here is the good news of Christmas: Jesus’ birth brings joy to all the people (Luke 2:10).  God targets all for joy in the giving of a child to Mary and Joseph and through them to the world. (NOTE: Reader’s Alert!  This first Christmas gift disappoints all attempts to be politically correct.) It is not enough for joy to flow to some.  The messengers from Heaven were quite clear on this point: good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Nothing is said of the many who didn’t look for it or want it or who would likely refuse it.  Nor is anything said of the few who may desire it and seek it above all …