Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Nativity

The Nativity is the most beautiful story ever told.

In a pagan world of idols and emperors and worship of power and violence a small nation kept insisting that there was a promise. A transcendent promise. A promise of justice and of redemption, not merely for Jews, but for all men. The redemption was something about a young woman, perhaps a virgin. About David's City and Galilee. Something about God-with-us. The Creator was going to set things right. Perhaps a great king. Perhaps a wise prophet. No one knew how.

And then it happened-- with beauty and utter humility that takes our breath away-- and the world is still reeling.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas.


  1. The coffee is grinding. Soon the bacon will be frying, then a bird roasting... when all is complete our little family will gather from far and wide, to sit down to feast and make Merry on this Christmas Day.
    Our very best wished to all the readers of this blog.
    May your day be full of family, fun, and reflection.
    God bless and Merry Christmas.

  2. Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
    (Calvin Coolidge)

    A very merry Christmas to all.

  3. I love Chesterton's description of the birth of Jesus as the ultimate inflection point in the history of Man. I don't think he uses those precise words, but that's the concept.