Our Advent Devotion for Saturday, December 25, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth,
and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7 NIV
“The paradox of expectation indeed is that those who believe in tomorrow
can better live today, that those who expect joy to come out of sadness can
discover the beginnings of a new life in the center of the old, that those who
look forward to the
Out of Solitude, page 59, by Henri J.M. Nouwen
“The First Cries of the Christ Child”
On the holy night of Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Mary’s son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In this moment, when the first cries of the Christ Child pierce the cool night air of his humble circumstances, we realize that what we have been waiting for has been with us all along. In this time of waiting, we were already living in God’s presence. In the anticipation, we were already filled with God’s glory. God has always been with us. And yet, the way that God is with us now is new and special. Wrapped in cloth, laid in straw – in the word of St. John, this is the one “we have heard … we have seen with our eyes … we have looked at and touched with our hands.” (1 John 1:1) No one can take these beautiful moments from us. We kneel before him in awe. Our hearts are full of his light and presence.
Friends – The Baby Jesus is born. Through this brand-new baby, we can more completely understand that God is with us, surrounding us, caring for us, loving us always and everywhere without limitations of any kind.
Lord Jesus, Emmanuel, you are the firstborn son of Mary and the eternal Word of God. Fill us with the joy of your presence always. May this Christmas be a fresh celebration of that ancient belief: You, O God, are with us. Amen.
Henri J.M. Nouwen