For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Today is the day. The day we have been anticipating for twenty-five days. All the advent calendars are wide open, matching our hearts bursting open for the entrance of our Savior. It is a day long in the waiting – much longer than a month. Years, decades, entire lifetimes. Ever since that first bite in the apple. At long last. Christ is born. The Messiah has come.
We celebrate today with a houseful of family. The living room is overflowing with smiles, laughter, and wrapping paper. Delicious smells are coming from the kitchen and there’s all the classic Christmas music playing in the background. Today is full. Our stomachs are full. Our stockings are full. Our houses are full. Our hearts are full. Christmas is at last here.
Tomorrow it will no longer be here. The decorations will begin to be taken down. The new gifts will be put into their places. Families will begin to pack up and depart. And we will find our way back into normalcy. The holy stillness will be harder to find as we get back into the routine of school, work, every day life.
But the good news will still be ours. The message of Christmas is ours tomorrow, and the next day, and into the New Year, and all the way until we arrive at advent next year. Christ has come. He is here. He is with us.
He is with us in the jobs and professions we pursue. As we commute, as we make phone calls, plan presentations, schedule events, He is with us.
He is with us in our tasks around home. In the dishes and the laundry, the sweeping and scrubbing, He is with us.
He is with us in our friendships. In our conversations, our adventures, our conflicts, and our fellowship, He is with us.
He is with us in our families. In our interactions, our communication difficulties or laughter, our ups and downs He is with us.
He is with us in our marriages. In the daily life, in the shared mission, in the silent moments as we lie quietly together in the last moments awake He is with us.
He is with us. Christ is with us. Bringing meaning to all that we do. Bringing significance past what we see. Extending hope, peace, joy, and love into every aspect of our existence.
And that is why we celebrate today. Because today Christ has come and He will be with us all the way to next Christmas.
Yea Lord we greet thee, born this happy morning. Jesus to thee be all glory given; word of the the father, now in flesh appearing.