Christmas 2010

24 12 2010

Tonight – The Holy Night – people will gather to usher in the newest installment in God’s salvation.  In my neck of the woods, this installment will be wrapped in the usual trappings of the season – tree, lights, presents, worship, and FOOD!  Yet there is a shroud over all these things that are supposed to bring joy and peace.  For the indoor tree is artificial, the lights are dimmer LED, the presents are fewer, the worship is sentimental, and the food is in abundance.  All this is not a reflection on the truth revealed in the day of Christmas – the birth of forever, the birth of freedom from sin and death, the birth which claims the journey of life everlasting – the birth of the King, the Lord, the Prince of Peace.  What is true is that life is real for the poor who use trees to cook their food and heat their huts; the only light is a candle or the sun by day; the only present is a break in the battle; worship is sitting on dirt floors; and the crumbs under the table of the rich (me) is the food.

Christmas is another day for those who have not.  Christmas is a big, extravagant party for those who have.  Christmas for Jesus is the first day of the rest of the life of the world that is saved through him.  Christmas for Jesus is the day before Herod and all the powers that oppose God put up a poster saying… Wanted: Christ…DEAD.  They didn’t even have the decency to say dead or alive.  But God himself as Jesus scoffed at all the threats by delivering the world – even those powers that oppose him – unto himself beginning that day in Bethlehem.  Thanks be to God.

For Christmas 2010…remembering Jesus is recalling the mission – to tell the good news of his birth!  Mary, the Mother of God explains this good news perfectly in The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55):

I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!





Time for an Xchange – the same old won’t do anymore!

10 12 2010

Welcome to A New Blog on an old theme – Reconciliation!

Biblical in scope and command, but so forgotten in the realm of reality – family, work, politics.

Reconciliation is simply a path to exchanging one state of being for another, more fruitful state of being – particularly in relationship with our environment and one another.  Reconciliation involves not just substituting or masking one thing for another – but true exchange where the ‘new thing’ fills the space – spiritual and physical – of the one that previously resided there.  The ‘new thing’ restores and is totally new – with no link or resemblance to the old thing.  It is an exchange of both time and space – transcending both for a new reality.

Welcome to the ramblings of an eclectic Christian who has lived in a box and gone dumpster diving with the homeless; who has traveled to Central America smack in the middle of Civil Wars and unrest; who enjoys skydiving and white water rafting as well as sitting in pristine wilderness; and who teaches and preaches to transform minds hoping that somewhere in the midst of my ego-centric words the Gospel of Jesus Christ finds it’s way out.

**Not just a blog – but visit my web site filled with resources for active disciples: http://www.gracexchange.net