Tuesday, Third Week of Advent
December 15, 2009

"to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord." -- Luke 2:11 (NRSV)

...And Not Give Him Back

In my house one of our traditions involves nativity scenes. You see, we have many: a porcelain one that includes a stable with real hay, three wooden ones, and one that my sister made when she was little that looks like a bunch of red clay blobs with toothpick-etched sanskrit features. Regardless of the artistic talent, we love them all. It is our tradition to hide the Christ child until Christmas, and for the sake of ease, the baby Jesus is usually hidden behind a portion of the scene.
But one Christmas, two of my siblings, Kasey, my older sister, and Carver, my older brother, both very young at the time, were charged with setting up one of the scenes. Suffice it to say that there was some difficulty over who got to hide the baby, and it ended with my sister running into the kitchen to my mother saying: "Mom, Carver took Christ the Lord! And he won't give him back!"
This story never fails to make me smile. But this year, I saw its deeper meaning: we should all take Christ the Lord--no, not the physical representation of Him, but the hope, love, and joy that He brings and internalize them--and not give Him back. He belongs to us: "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11).

-- Kory Diserens '10