When the angel appeared to Mary (Luke 1), she thought the angel must be crazy, or a figment of her imagination. (At least, that’s my interpretation of “she was much perplexed by his words and wondered what sort of greeting this might be.”) When she heard the real message of the announcement, that she was going to bear a child who would be called the Son of God, she grew wary: “How can this be?”
She was about to become the dwelling place of God.
Mary’s situation is not that different from ours. Okay, it’s extremely different from ours, but metaphorically speaking, not so much.
God has come to live with us. That may sound crazy, unbelievable, or even frightening. But if we can grasp even a bit of that message, it is life-giving.
Here’s the message: whether you live in a mansion or a homeless shelter, God is there. Whether you are alone or surrounded by people, the God of the universe is your constant companion. Whether you are uplifted by the season, or find it depressing, God will not forsake you. Whether your home is happy or miserable, God is present.
In the dead of winter, as the day of Christmas approaches, may you find hope, comfort, peace and joy in the knowledge of the presence of God.