God is dead not because He doesn’t exist, but because we live, play, procreate, govern, and die as though He doesn’t. Charles Colson
Meditation: Christmas Eve is the story of God being born to a young mother who had no place to put him but a manger. Many people who usually do not come to church will come to hear this story today. It makes them feel warm and nostalgic perhaps. Childhood memories come back. A myth, a fairy tale for children? Or does this event of God becoming human change anything for us adults in the way we live our life? Does church remain this once a year cultural and social gathering place where we bring our children and grandchildren, or could it become the weekly gathering place where we adults seek God becoming alive again in our lives? Are we still seeking God, do we understand the amazing step God took when he chose to become vulnerable in the story of this man with the name Jesus? Do we understand? Do we seek to understand? Or have we declared God dead intellectually and with our choices in life?
Prayer: God, sometimes reality feels like you do not exist. People go about their lives and business as if you are a one day a year sentimental and heartwarming myth that is meant for children. People might wish you existed, but they do not hold You to be a reality that could change their life. God, as we celebrate You being born once again, touch the hearts and minds of those who come to worship this one day out of the year. Let them begin seeking for You, help them understand, meet them where they are and let them see You in this child who revealed Your essence to us. Amen
The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Psalm 14:2