Homeless for Christmas
Christmas Traditions Tied to the Home
The Humanity of Jesus Affirms Our Humanness
If it’s true that feeling follows fact, then we can start with the facts: the eternal Son, uncreated, divine, so vast no mortal mind can comprehend, descended, emptied himself, became one of us. He entered the history of the world that we all share. In a
The Tension of Being Here, but Not From Here
Even God was Homeless at Christmas
As we are “homeless” this Christmas, this is what I have been reflecting on: the space-and-time Jesus, more easily grasped and worshipped and related to in the forms of familiar traditions, in familiar places, with familiar people, may elude us when we are out of our common setting. And consequently, my eyes are directed towards the out-of-this-world Jesus, the one who does not fit in a manger, who is not at home here with us, but made everything that we call home. This Jesus, even though he walked this earth like a landowner might walk his property, never called it his home. He was, in a deep sense, homeless, and he instructed us, his followers, to yearn with him for our true home: when heaven and earth unite, and a new world is being born, only then will our homelessness come to an end.
G.K. Chesterton grasped this majestic truth in this poem:
A child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where he was homeless
Are you and I at home:
We have hands that fashion and heads that know,
But our hearts we lost—how long ago!
Under the sky’s dome.
To an open house in the evening
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.
G.K. Chesterton, “The House of Christmas,” from Robert Knille, ed., As I Was Saying (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1985), 304-5
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From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry and Joy-filled Christmas wherever you may be!
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