God is Present Through Those Who Love

Hope Love

Our Mosaic Christmas card this year had a simple message: hope & love. It is an appropriate message; it is the grounding of Mosaic’s mission.

Christmas celebrates the Incarnation—God became human in Jesus. But it points, for me, to a broader understanding. We are called to be an incarnation of God as well.

While the Christmas story is tied to a far-distant place—Bethlehem—and a far-distant time—more than 2,000 years ago—incarnation is ongoing. God takes on human flesh, dwelling within each of us.

That is a message of hope.

It is easy to look around at the world in which we live and despair. We see violence: the random acts of terror and mass killings. We see tragedy: how many of us have not lost someone to an ugly cancer? We see poverty and suffering.

But we can also look around and see the incredible, selfless acts being done by so many people. Jesus as human modeled that selflessness, ultimately giving his life on the cross. Against the violence, we see people rushing to help and rebuild lives. Against illness, we see people present offering comfort and solace. Against poverty and suffering, we see people offering aid of whatever type they can to alleviate in some small way the suffering they see.

They are an incarnation of God.

A beautiful scripture verse to reflect upon this time of year does not tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Instead, it is the beginning of the Gospel of John.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (NIV)

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Christmas is a message of hope and a promise of God with us, a promise that God will never abandon us. That’s also the message of Mosaic—letting people know they are not alone, offering hope and serving in love.

Thank you for sharing our mission. Merry Christmas!

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