Messiah & Mimzy
Pregnant with Life. Pregnant with Love. True friendship is a revelation.
Mimzy, my dearest friend, is such a revelation. Mimzy embodies generosity, humor, healing and love. This Christmas, maybe we don’t need another sermon. We certainly don’t need another pointless gadget. The gift most needed this Christmas – and each day – is the gift of love. This is the message of the birth of the Messiah. We’re not alone. God is among us. Love is among us. True love is a verb. True love heals.
True friendship is a declaration of love. The birth of the Messiah is a declaration of love and friendship. In the words of the Messiah, You are my friends if you do as I command (John 15:4). The command of the Messiah is to love and serve. Love God. Love one another. Serve one another in Love. Many religious folks complicate this simple message. True friends, like Mimzy, embody this message as they shine the light of love. We’re all called to offer the light of love. The Light shined in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it (John 1:5). I’ve found this light and love among those who don’t profess any religious affiliation. Or, like in the case of Mimzy, I find it in humble disciples of Jesus who serve in silence – with extraordinary compassion – without playing the Christian-card. Christmas belongs to all who love in spirit and in truth. Here’s to Mimzy. Here’s to true friendship. Here’s to the birth of the Messiah. Here’s to amazing grace.
anthony glenn miller
UNMOVED AND UNMOVING
The ordinary person seeks honor, not dishonor,
cherishing success and abhorring failure,
loving life and fearing death.
The sage does not recognize these things,
so lives life quite simply.
The ordinary person seeks to make themselves
the center of the universe;
the sage holds the universe itself as center.
The sage loves the world, and thus remains unmoved
by things with which others are concerned.
The sage acts with humility, is neither moved nor moving,
and can therefore be trusted in caring for all things.
Chapter 13 – Tao Te Ching
The Birth of Jesus
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. Mary wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Luke 2: 1-20