Advent has come to a close in the calendar, but our time of waiting is not over. But for one moment, for one night and day, we have seen the glory of God, the power to transform the world forever. We have seen the promise of God manifest in a newborn babe.
The world has changed, and will never be the same. For one moment, we know that our waiting is not in vain, that God loves the world and gave us his only Son, Jesus, and we celebrate, we share in God’s love, and we look to the world with hope.
God offers a sign of God’s grace and protection to the King and people of Judah – in the darkness light shines, and the birth of child is the sign of new life and of God’s righteous kingdom to be established.
Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem for the Emperor’s census, and while there Mary gives birth to her son. Shepherds are told by angels about the birth and find the place where the holy family is to be found, telling the story of what they have been told about the child.
Prayer For Unto Us has been born a Savior, Christ the Lord. For Unto Us we have the promise of new life in Christ. For Unto Us we have the hope of salvation and the promise of new life. For Unto Us we are challenged to live and grow in new ways, to seek justice and to become peacemakers in the path of the Prince of Peace.
For Unto Us a child has been born, a Son given to us, and authority rests on his shoulders. For Unto Us we follow the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, Jesus the Christ, and we look to the world and to our future with hope. Amen.