Silent night and sugarplum fairies? Nah: The Invasion and the Flame We Now Tend


So maybe you don't have visions of sugarplum fairies dancing in your head right now...?

Yeah, me neither.

More like the brain is on overload...'Did I remember to get that note to...' 'Oh, and maybe I need to...' 'Would Kim prefer this to....?'

Silent night and peace on earth? Not much...yet, anyway.

Yikes!

Tis the season...not to be jolly but to be overwhelmed.

Yet we, as believers, SHOULD be overwhelmed more than any others; But in awe and wonder.

For when we mark His birth we understand that it was far more than a quiet manger scene: It was a covert invasion behind enemy lines.

The military calls that a HALO drop: High Altitude, Low Opening.

Jesus came from the highest heights and boy, oh boy - was that an extremely low opening.

And His low opening included that He limited some of His work as just a beginning.

Why? Because sometimes, beginning is enough.

That's hard for us when it seems that things are not resolving as we would like, or as we thought they should be, or when they're plain coming off the rails.

We need a satisfactory ending.

Yet the Divine Spark that hurled Himself into our mess was okay with that beginning.

And now, from hand-off to hand-off, we carry His flame.

So, indeed, be overwhelmed in this season.

But with Who He is, how He did it, and that He now entrusts that flame to you.

Stephen

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