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In the quiet mystery of a Bethlehem stable, God’s promises have unfolded in the fragile cry of a newborn. This Christmas Day, we stand at the threshold of an ancient tale, where divinity is wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. It is a story of unlikely beginnings, a divine paradox, and the fulfillment of God’s covenant with humanity.

In the hushed stillness of that holy night, promises echo through the straw-laden air. The angelic proclamation resounds, not in palaces or grand halls, but in the simplicity of a stable. In this unassuming setting, God orchestrates a symphony of grace, choosing a young couple of humble means, Mary and Joseph, to cradle the embodiment of promise – a baby named Jesus.

This child, born to a carpenter and his betrothed, emerges as the fulfillment of ancient prophecies. A beacon of hope in the shadows of occupation, a light shining in the darkness of uncertainty. In the midst of an oppressive empire, the promise of a Messiah is realized in the vulnerability of an infant. Godself enters the world not with fanfare, but with the gentle whisper of a baby’s breath.

Christmas invites us to contemplate the profound truth that God’s promises often manifest in unexpected ways. This child in the manger, born to a marginalized couple in an occupied land, embodies the divine commitment to be with us in our most vulnerable moments. As we celebrate this day, may we find joy in the promise fulfilled, a promise that speaks of love, redemption, and the eternal presence of God in the midst of our humanity.

May all hope, peace, joy, and love come to you on this Christmas Day.  -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… Loving Creator, on this holy day, we thank you for fulfilling your promises in the humble birth of Jesus. May hope come to those without.  May peace become the resolution we seek.  May joy abound, even and especially where it is absent.  And may love guide us in your way. Amen.