Christmas Eve Reflection
That first Christmas Eve looked like a miserable night. Joseph and Mary had just traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census. Mary was about to give birth, but the inn had no room for them. Only in a stable could Mary find a place to have her baby. A spiritual director might have asked of Mary: “Where is God for you tonight?”
Mary would have said: “God is in my womb, being born as my baby.”
That is the miracle of Christmas Eve. God was born in the most humble of circumstances, in one of the most vulnerable situations for a human life.
The Divine Essence chose to be born as a baby in a stable to poor parents.
Swedenborg tells us that this was part of the Divine Design; just as it is part of the design for God to be born in each of us.
The divine design is for people to prepare themselves to accept God; and as they prepare themselves, God enters them as if he were coming into his own dwelling and his own home….
Where is God for you tonight, Dec. 24, 2008?
God is where he was on the first Christmas Eve … waiting to be born -- anew in your heart.
It is easy for us to say “I am too busy and too stressed right now. I do not have room for you tonight, God.”
But the miracle is that we can say: “Here is my humble heart, open to accepting all the Love you can birth in me tonight!”
It is a law of the divine design that the closer and closer we come to God, the closer and closer God comes to us. When we meet, God forms a partnership with us.” TCR89
What miracle is being birthed in your heart tonight? Be open and joyous for the incredible Love that is waiting to flow into you.