About a decade or so ago, there was a movement of spiritual renewal called PROMISE KEEPERS. The challenge of the spiritual movement was to call men to keep their promises as husbands and fathers. Tens of thousands of men would gather in stadiums and large conference centers to hear speakers, to give personal witness, and to re-commit themselves as leaders in their homes and communities.
To be a promise KEEPER is a worthy goal for each of us. To be the people God has called us to be — and the keeper of promises made in Baptism and Confirmation is to be a part of everyday life.
Today we celebrate that God kept his promise to send a Savior and a Shepherd. God kept his word that we would never be alone.
A little more than 2,000 years ago, on a still night … like a small star twinkling in the dark, God came into our midst — born as a child, one like us — and the world was forever changed.
When Adam sinned — God began a plan to restore the broken unity — to bridge the gap between Him and Us — and today, we celebrate that his promise was kept and is kept over and over again.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone.
The yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, and the rod of their taskmaster — has been smashed.
For a child is born to us, a son is given us …. (Isaiah 9:1-6)
Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear? God came in an unexpected way — he came on a night made busy by a census and people traveling. In the midst of it all, God’s plan was not thwarted — and those who sought him heard the words of the angel — not to be afraid.
A story ….
A shoe maker had a vivid dream the night before Christmas. He dreamed that he would see Jesus on Christmas. It was a beautiful dream that brought him great joy. He woke on Christmas morning, jumped out of bed and ran into his kitchen — Jesus was not there. He looked into the living area — Jesus was not there. Of course, he thought, it was early — the day was just beginning. So, he made himself some breakfast and said his prayers.
As he was praying, there was a knock on the door — here he was! The shoe maker ran and opened the door wide — to find old man, Watson. The old man apologized for bothering him, but he said his shoes were worn so thin, his feet were bruised. Could the shoe maker please help him? Being the man he was, the shoemaker fixed his shoes, gave him some coffee, and some dry socks, and sent him on his way.
After lunch, he laid down to take a nap. Waking an hour later, he went out on his porch to see what was happening along the streets. It was so quiet —- and then an old lady passed by, apologized for asking, but said she was hungry and alone. Could he possibly help? While disappointed that Jesus seemed to be taking his time, he brought the lady in, warmed his leftover lunch and shared it with her. She was so grateful.
As he opened the door to let her out, the little O’Donnell boy was wandering in the street crying. The shoemaker hated to leave his home, but he knew the boy’s mother would be worried. So, he picked him up, calmed him and brought him home.
As darkness set in, the shoemaker sat on the side of his bed and cried out —- Lord, I believed you were coming today — why did you not come? Was my dream not true?
And then, he heard the voice of God —- my Son, I came to you three times today — and each time you welcomed me — and cared for me. Be filled with joy and never be afraid again. I am here — at home with you — to stay forever.
Christmas is the time to recall the time when Jesus was born. Christmas is the time to remind ourselves that he comes to us over and over again — everyday. He might not come like we expect him to come — he might not look like we think he will look —- not unlike 2000 years ago.
For those who see him and adore him — for those who seek him and worship him —- everyday is a new day — a new beginning. Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.
Let nothing dismay us — Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day — To save us all from Satan’s power ….
Go tell it on the mountain …..
Do you know why Santa has 3 gardens? So, he can ho, ho, ho.
Do you know what Santa’s helpers are called? Subordinate clauses.
What do you call a cat who walks on a wet beach? Sandy Paws.