This year the Christmas schedule at my daughter's didn’t lend itself to attending a Christmas Eve church service. I could have gone, but I was very grateful to be home among the food, fire, lights and love.
Jesus can be born again within us wherever we are. Babies need years to grow in faith and wisdom, as did the fully human Jesus. Same thing with me; it’s just taking a long time. The fully divine part of me needs a lot of time, too. Again, I’m reminded that my journey toward faith, hope and love, doesn’t have a finish line. Its ending is Eternity.
Regardless of one’s faith tradition, the story of the birth of Jesus touches us all. For me it is about starting again, especially since my birthday is five days after Christmas. New ideas, ways of being, routines, rituals, attitudes can be born in me, which means I have to let go of some of the old ones that are useful anymore.
A baby is born with nothing, so a place to begin is to pare down possessions. Jesus wore bands of cloth; I have a closet full of things to wrap myself in. Baby Jesus was taken care of, and as he go older he took care of others by thought, word and deed. That is what we are born and reborn to do, regardless of faith tradition.