December 25, 2010
Imagine: an unmarried pregnant teen; far from home, of an oppressed minority, born on the ‘wrong side of the tracks’. Folks talk ill of her home saying “nothing good ever comes from there”.
She is homeless; and very pregnant. Her fiancé (but not the father of the baby) cannot find a place to stay. Finally he finds a barn; or more likely, a cave used as a barn.
A baby boy is born. Itinerant farm workers hear of the news and come to visit. They leave rejoicing; lives changed.
Life is hard. Before the baby is three, his parents find themselves running from the law; they cross the border and become aliens in a strange land. Eventually they return home.
The boy grows to be a man. He wanders a small, occupied country. No more than the rough outpost of a large empire. He probably never wanders more than forty miles from the home of his adopted father.
The son challenges the local authorities; is arrested, convicted and unjustly executed.
Two thousand years after His death we remember His Life, His Teachings, and His Words. Today we celebrate His birth.
Seem like an unlikely story? Join with me today to remember miracles and unlikely stories. Dispel the darkness and help me celebrate the Season of Light. Renew your sense of hope.
Imagine a world where every one has enough. And never forget the smallest of people can make the greatest of change.
May the Blessings of the Season be with you today and throughout the coming year!