Posted by Pastor Jim Fikkert

A good reminder of joy in the midst of chaos, which could be a description of the Christmas season! we tend to sanitize the Christmas story, and with it, we sanitize Christ. His coming is seen as clean and simple, when in reality the incarnation was an act of great power to create joy in the midst of pain and chaos. It is this sort of Christmas that has the ability to rescue us in, not from, this world.

First Coming | Madeline L’Engle

He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine. He did not wait

till hearts were pure. In joy he came
to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!