December 9, 2016

Bethlehem

Many years ago, a magazine ranked Bethlehem, Pennsylvania  last among 300 places to live in the United States. 

If Bethlehem, Pennsylvania ranked 300th, the sleepy little town we sing about at Christmas would have ranked even lower,  for it had little to recommend it as the perfect birthplace of the Savior.

But God seems to have different standers for perfection than we have, and there is something about the story of Christmas that goes beyond perfection and logic. A virgin bears God’s son in a stable? It’s beyond our comprehension.

Years ago, Harry Reasoner of TVs "Sixty Minutes" said the following:
If God wanted to be intimately part of man, he moved correctly, for the experience of birth and family-hood is our most intimate experience. It's a story of great innocence of God the baby. God in the person of man.
Perhaps your Christmas won't be perfect this year.  Maybe . . . it will be far better than that. maybe you will see right to the heart of this sacred event . . . to the God who seeks not perfection . . . but love.