A Message from the Messiness of Life

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A Message from the Messiness of Life

“If you’re never in a muddle you will never get out of one”. The good news of Christmas is there is hope for those whose life is a mess as well as those who have life “sorted”…

Do not be afraid Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus.   Luke 1.30

How bad can it get?

A girl gets pregnant. Her parents are utterly shamed. Her fiancé -- not the father -- is ready to dump her. And then he is told, "Do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit."

How bad can it get?

The girl is in labour, far from home with only a cave-barn where she can lie down and have her baby. The only place to put her newborn is a manger. A cattle trough. We imagine it with fresh, fragrant straw plucked from a bale of hay. But I doubt that the cave was stocked with neat bales stacked against the wall.

The straw that night was neither fresh nor fragrant. Life was a mess -- but God was in it.

God sees Mary with her tiny infant and sends a host of angels to announce the birth.

"Behold, I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For unto you is born this day
in the city of David
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths
and lying in a manger."

The messy manger is itself a sign from God.

How bad has it got?

Is your life a mess? Then let this be a sign to you.

Your very good news is that the God of the messy manger, the resurrected Christ of the cruel cross, and the Holy Spirit, in whom you live and move and have your being, are able to break through in your life, begin to clean up your mess, bless you too.

And that -- like the messy manger -- will be a wonder all its own.

Happy Christmas

Nick

 

 


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