My post yesterday was part of a December synchroblog and below I have posted the other posts in the series. Interestingly many focus on the unexpected pain of this season which seemed appropriate to me as I am posting this on the day in the church calendar known as The Feast of the Holy Innocents when we remember those innocent children who were slaughtered by Herod when the wise men disappeared without telling him who the Messiah was. As Greg Valerio mentioned in his post this morning: They have come to represent the voiceless, the feeble, the baby, the truly helpless who through no fault of their own, become the victims of a world that treats people as collateral damage.
The unveiling of God so often comes in the midst of pain, suffering and death. We don’t understand why but it makes even more poignant our longing for a world in which Christ is at last fully revealed. Our hope is that when Christ and his kingdom are revealed in their fullness, the sting of pain and death will indeed be completely conquered.
Then when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? For sin is the sting that results in death and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54-56
Glenn Hager – Underwear For Christmas
Jeremy Myers – The Unexpected Gift From Jesus
Tammy Carter – Unstuck
Jeff Goins – The Day After Christmas: A Lament
Wendy McCaig – Unwanted Gifts: You Can Run But You Can Not Hide
Christine Sine – The Wait Is Over – What Did I Get?
Maria Kettleson Anderson – Following The Baby We Just Celebrated
Leah – Still Waiting For Redemption