For unto us a child is born!
The first Christmas story tells of a young, poor couple who fearfully flee their country in order to save their child’s life. It tells of a refugee mother and father desperately seeking for a place to give birth to their son, only to be turned away from the inn and to get stuck in a dirty, stinky barn, surrounded by animals and manure.
And yet, in the midst of this messy Christmas story, hope, peace, joy, and love broke forth into the world.
In the messiness of life, God still shows up in and through the least expected people and places. May we open our eyes and hearts to see and experience our God incarnate around us.