If the Christmas story happened today, would anyone even notice?
A teenaged couple is out on the streets. They aren’t married yet – mostly because everyone keeps telling them to stay in school - but she’s pregnant. He doesn’t want to leave his girlfriend, even though he’s pretty sure the baby isn’t his. So they set out on their own, looking for a better life north of the border. On the way, she goes into labor. They talk about going to the ER, but with no insurance, and Immigration breathing down their necks, that thought is too scary. So they have their baby in the middle of the night under a bridge.
Some guys that work the night shift at the local convenience store are outside having a cigarette, and notice that there is an unusually bright star overhead. Suddenly they hear the cry of a baby, coming from the direction of the overpass. They go and investigate – and are awed by the sight of a young couple and an infant. The guys get on their cell phones and start texting their friends. One calls for an ambulance. The air is filled with the sound of ringtones.
The story of the first Christmas was filled with miracles: a young Jewish girl having a baby in a stable; her frightened fiancé Joseph not turning his back on her (even though he knew the baby couldn't be his); shepherds being woken up by angels; the heavens resounding with the sound of mysterious singing; a bright, wandering star; magi knowing what was happening without the benefit of CNN, email or cell phone alerts. And let’s not forget the fact that we’re still discussing these events 2000 years later!
People complain today that there aren’t any more miracles. Really? I believe miracles occur all the time, but in our world - with wireless internet, space stations, organ transplants and trillion dollar financial dealings – it is just a lot harder to impress us. Joyce Meyer put it beautifully recently when she said, “If He needs to, God can grow bananas on telephone poles!”
We take so much for granted: overnight shipping, text messaging, microwave popcorn, the fact that we are free to choose which Christmas Eve service we attend for worship… the list is endless.
This Christmas, look for all of the miracles in your life and in your blending family. Remember why we still celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ birth so long ago. And don’t take the miracles for granted.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Matthew 5:8