The Manger

Yikes! It has been way too long since my last post! Mia culpa! Some thoughts I would like to share anyhoo!

Last Sunday I talked about the manger. In our commercialized world the manger is so sterile. Our plastic characters are all dressed so nice; the animals look clean; the shepherds look like they shaved and showered before they came to see Jesus and the whole thing is bright as day! Uh…no! If you read about 1st century mangers they were dark, dirty, and smelly! They were anything but sanitary or sterile. Jesus was born in the worst possible of circumstances imaginable. No mid-wife. No clean water. No fresh linens. No sterile environment. No–just dirt, filth, and germs everywhere. Why? I concluded that Jesus was born into the worst of human circumstances so that we might experience the best God has to offer. No matter what or where you find yourself, God has already been there and will be there with you. Can you imagine anything more powerful or more comforting? To know that you may be in the middle of the worst possible circumstances imaginable; God has been there and God is there with you!

My sister’s pastor just found out that he has a brain tumor in the front lobe. He is having surgery this Friday. Did I mention that he is in his late 30’s? He believes and knows that God is with him even through this most troubling time! It is a promise for all of us and one we should quickly cling to when we face the unimaginable!

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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