December, Seeking something more...

posted Nov 29, 2015, 3:12 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Nov 29, 2015, 3:14 PM ]

The day after thanksgiving and the holiday fever is full throttle. The Christmas music is playing around the clock. I was remembering the story I told in a previous newsletter about Meredith practicing Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer on the piano, as the two boys sing along with “Had a very shiny nose.” I fully understand that a kid needs to be a kid, but find relief when the next song in Meredith’s lesson-book is Away in a Manger, and the boys hum along and struggle to get past, “A-way in a manger,” mumble, mumble, mumble. I think to myself, we need to do better at teaching them the words. “The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.” Deep meaning and theology resonate with the Christmas hymns and sometimes they are lost to more flashy attractive tunes. The meaning still remains as it did long ago.

When we think about the stars in the bright sky looking down where he lay, it reminds me of the creation story and God’s creation of those stars before the earth took shape and form. It was the same stars that were talked about in the time of Abraham when God said, “Your descendants will be as many as the stars.” The poetry of the psalms used this creation imagery again and again to give word and articulate the vast magnitude of the God they witnessed and knew even as a grain of sand that resided within them.

The stars the shepherds and wise men followed was the same stars that God flung in the sky so long ago. These stars have seen it all and on that humble night in Bethlehem they looked down on the world below and saw a child who was the hope of the world.

“The heavens are telling the glory of God and the sky manifests the work of God’s hands.” (Psalm 19) Those who composed these words had no conception of the baby Jesus laying in the manger, but these words speak profound truth about how the world for so long, “Day to day pours forth speech, and night unto night unfolds knowledge.” There is mystery, awe and wonder about God’s speaking to us, and the awareness of God revealed even in the black of night, There is no speech. There are no words that can capture what God has done for the universe, and, for this tiny baby born on a hushed night even to those who refused to hear the cry. God is here. God is here. “There voice is not heard.”

Yet, as it was proclaimed, “The voice of the one crying out in the wilderness.” “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The darkness of night did not overcome it.” Against all odds. “Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” The stars, the stars, the heavens are telling the glory of God.

Thanks be to God on your journey of Advent, through Christmas and into Epiphany. 

Blessings, Pastor Sara 

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the sky manifests the work of God’s hands. Day to day pours fourth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, and nor are there words; their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Psalm 19