Okay, I should be crocheting right now because I have a major project I’m working on, but I’m not. I’m sitting here thinking about O Holy Night. It gets me every time. It’s that line:
Long lay the world
in sin and error, pining
’til He appeared
and the soul felt its worth.
That just sums up my entire life.
His presence changes things, changes me. His presence does not allow me to be still anymore. Instead, I feel and I see differently. I am different.
I have noticed it most in the massive amount of depravity around me. Ten years ago I would have just ignored it. Five years ago it would have made me sad enough to do a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child out of sympathy for those poor souls. But now, now I weep. I don’t know if this is growth or depression, but it’s real and heavy. Maybe it’s both. I just can’t help but think, I’m broken too.
I like that the song says sin and error. It makes a distinction on purpose. It’s as if I wasn’t just choosing something other than God’s best for me before He came into my life but that I was wrong about Him too. Do you know what I mean?
I think that is the beauty of Christmas. They were wrong about how the King of kings would enter the world. They were wrong about what He would say and do, about who He would be and how He would respond to them.
I’ve been wrong about Jesus plenty of times, and I venture to guess there are still things that I don’t know about Him.
***Isn’t it the most wonderful, exciting thing to think about?!? I get to continue in this discovery of the Person to whom my heart belongs.
I wonder if you know anyone who is wrong about Jesus. I think, and I think this verse says, that it is His presence that changes them, that wakes their soul up to their worth. I long for that. I bet you do too, but what can we do about it? How then shall we live?
This Christmas, I beseech you, be Christ to others. Make His presence known. Feed the hungry. Clothe the poor. Give generously and then, give more. Show up for your children. Look people in the eye. Let your family be where they are spiritually, emotionally, socially. Be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, gentle, kind, good, faithful, and have self control. That stuff, that is Jesus. The Spirit is present in those things. That is ministry. That is how lives change. That is Love.