In her Christmas message, UCA Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator Denise Liersch says God has become enmeshed in our lives. See the video and transcript below.
At Christmas we celebrate. We celebrate the birth of Jesus, the One in whom we see the fullness of God’s love and grace, the One in whom we find our lives made whole, the One in whom we know God’s peace.
In the Gospel stories of Jesus birth, we hear that God comes to us in the reality of ordinary life. God doesn’t live separated off in some spiritual heaven far away.
God isn’t a disembodied concept or idea. God is part of our real lives, here and now.
Across generational and cultural boundaries, God comes to us and is with us, sharing our lives, and bringing peace.
No matter who we are, where we come from, and what our lives look like, in our celebrations and in the most painful parts of our lives and world, God is there, right in the middle of things.
The Christmas stories are not just stories about the birth of Jesus 2000 years in the past, they are stories of God, in Christ, tangled up and enmeshed in the middle of our story, in our world, in our lives, right here, right now, reshaping us, and making us new.
May you share in the love, joy, peace and hope of Christ, Emmanuel, God-with-us, this Christmas.