Malin, OR December 22, 2004
Vol. 2, No. 51, Page 1, Column 6
Words from Webster
by Daniel Webster
Blasting into Christmas
Christmas is the moment in time when God and our human reality
The universe has never been the same since. It's a
concept that simple
country folks understand and children can grasp.
Imagine, you are hanging out in the field one night, doing what you
best, watching your sheep. You are a simple person
and your needs and
wants are basic. Grandeur is not part of your sphere
The sky unleashes what has never been seen by human eye.
Pounding, powerful brightness. Searing light unknown
to man. Night into
day. Illumination so bright it thunders in your
brain cavity bringing
about a paralyzing pain.
You fall down ? motionless. Fear grips your innermost core.
Cowering, you look up in wonderment. Your eyes retreat, you can't
You glimpse again. Covering your face. You want to
see what it is, but
you physically can't. You keep looking.
You aren't sure what exactly your eyes are making out, as there is
physical reality to place this moment into context.
It's as if all the stars of the night sky came hurling into your
and exploded. The power is unimaginable as darkness
erupts out of sight.
It all happens so suddenly, it's as if a billion years pass in less
a second. Time stands still. Your consciousness of
the physical reality
surrounding you vanishes and you are absorbed by
Before you have the opportunity to breathe, the forms in the sky
out into what you want to describe as music, yet you
can't as the
greatest composers have never created a chorus such
as you hear.
From the midst of the chaos, order forms. The brightness doesn't
dissipate, but your consciousness of the physical
reality comes back
into focus. The miraculous display before you
becomes a part of the
field where you lie fearfully shaking. From the core
of the light a form
bellows in words you comprehend, "For unto you is
born this day in the
City of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord."
And you start running to town.
Simultaneously, just beyond the hill in the distance, a quite
unexplainable phenomenon occurred.
The most powerful force in the universe, the Creator of all that
comes out of a human womb. God is born in flesh,
with blood pumping
through His veins. His lungs take the first breath.
experience our world for the first time in human
His first introduction to life as we know it is breathing in the
of goat urine and cow feces.
No sterility. No misinterpretations of the real world. No
platitudes. No gold covered glitz inside a
Just simple animal stench, smelly straw poking His face. And cold.
No bells. No choruses.
He was greeted by a ram staring at Him, with its head cocked,
why this thing ? God ? was lying in its dinner tray.
God was greeted with a "Bah."
It seems like a most undignified entrance for God, but, that's our
finite human sphere of thinking, of course.
We can't fathom God making an entrance into our world to begin
alone conceive of how it should be done.
If we had orchestrated this event we would definitely have done it
differently. First of all, the whole angel routine
crashing through the
heavens in front of some poor shepherds minding
their own business,
scaring the living bajoobies out of them was a bit
much. It's too out of
control if the shepherds are to be believed when
they come running into
town screaming about what they just witnessed.
This really should be structured as something believable to human
Plus, the birth of God is a rather dignified event that should
occur in some proper royal institution or at least a
church where there's an offering plate available for
those moved enough
to give cash after seeing the magnificence of the
But a stable, where animals feed? Goat urine? Straw pricking God's
Oh please, come on.
"Bah," we would say to such a crazy night.
But, that's what Christmas is about, my friend. It's about God
down into the muck and mire of our filthy lives and
not being afraid to
get His hands dirty with our mess.
It's not about us becoming clean enough for Him to come, but God
us as we are and loving us no matter what state our
life is in. He
proved it at His birth.
He doesn't wait for the chaos of our lives to come into order, He
into our chaos and brings order.
It's as if He is the most powerful gyroscope imaginable dwelling
us. No matter how much the world around us turns
upside down, the
"Creation force" within us will keep us centered.
The grace and mercy of His redemption is the most powerful concept
to man, because He chose to come into our existence,
saying, I love you,
I forgive you.
And the power of that moment occurs when we turn our face to Him.
In that moment, the Creator of all that is puts His spirit inside
The same power that crashed through time and space
on Christmas night
comes into you and gives you the power to change
your life. It's nothing
short of miraculous.
How do I know He has the power to change a life, forgive and love
matter what? I've experienced it. I'm living proof.
And how can Christmas crash into your life?
You say, "God forgive me of my sins. I believe that you love me and
were born into this world to save me. I believe that
you died on the
cross to forgive me of my sins and I accept your
gives me the right to stand before you as a clean,
Please come into my heart. I accept you as my Lord
No matter who you are, what you've done, or what your status in
no matter what color, race, background, age or
orientation, God loves
And this Christmas can be the celebration of your birth as well.
May the power of God's peace envelop you this Christmas season and
your year be filled with His hope and joy.