Holding the Christ Child
When we hold a newborn child, it’s a sacred moment. I think this is in part because there is an awareness that we’re holding the future. As we gently cradle an infant in our arms, we can’t help but wonder who they’ll grow up to be. It’s amazing how a tiny little bundle of joy is able to spark our imagination about where life will take them.
Every Christmas we hold the Christ child in our thoughts. And in pondering who Jesus will become, it has this way of prompting us to consider who we yearn to be. Maybe this is because in celebrating when Jesus was born, we are invited to consider what can be born in us. It inspires us to dream about what’s possible in us and through us.
This Christmas as we hold the Christ child, may God stir our faith to see that new things can be born within us. Where there is despair, hope can be born. Where there is hate, love can be born. Where there is unhappiness, joy can be born. And where there is conflict, peace can be born. May new things be born in you this Christmas.