"In those days
a decree went out from Emperor Augustus
that all the world should be registered ..."
For me, the above stained glass window calls to mind the Christmas story, ... and yes, you may have figured out that I'm starting to run out of windows. Why else would I be talking about Christmas at the end of April? But in many ways, this wonderful story of a baby born in a manger, of the "incarnation" - of God coming to be with us and to share in our lives, has changed the world forever. And even beyond it's amazing message, this story evokes many happy emotions in us and helps us look back to many fond memories – memories of family gatherings … and candlelight services … and joyous gift giving … and happy carol singing … and beautiful decorations … and so much more. Its one story, but it helps remind us of what’s been truly important in our lives.
Likewise, the day will come when we can look back at this time, and this whole “Coronavirus crisis” and “sheltering-in-place” will just be one of our stories we tell. We’re in the midst of struggling through it right now, and it looks like it’s going to be going on for some time to come, … but I look forward to that day when we can look back and tell our stories – stories of families coming together and finding interesting and innovative ways to spend their confinement together, … stories of shared hardships and the renewed appreciation of simple pleasures, … stories of neighbors helping neighbors, … stories of grandparents "Zooming" and going on Facebook and becoming more technologically savvy than you thought possible, … stories of a whole society changing their behaviors and working together for the common good, … stories of people realizing they’re doing God’s work in their daily jobs - nurses providing human contact and making sure people don’t suffer along, shelf-stockers working hard and keeping much needed supplies available, garbage men keeping our streets clean and maintaining a sense of order in the chaos, ... and so many more.Yes, one day, we’ll be able to look back and tell stories. But now we’re in the midst of it, and the struggles and suffering and hardships continue. Yet it’s into this reality today that we hear again the story of the incarnation – that in a baby born in a manger, God came to truly be with us and to completely share in our lives. May this news fill you with Christmas peace and joy … even at the end of April.
-- Pastor Micah
In the spirit of this story, I'm inviting everyone to take part in what I'm calling our:
"St. David's Christmas Video Challenge."
I'm hoping to make a compilation video of the Christmas story, with a variety of people each reading a verse from the story. So, if you'd like to be one of our readers (I need 15 - first come, first served):
1) Contact me by phone or text (347 649-5282)
2) I'll randomly assign you a verse.
3) Make a video of you reading the assigned verse
and send it to me.
My hope is to collect all of the videos, compile them, and premiere the video in a "Daily Bread" next week. Thanks.