Rev Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada writes a regular column for each issue of Canada Lutheran.
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NATIONAL BISHOP'S TURN
Beloved children of God
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory.
~ John 1:14a
Jesus’ life showed us how important we are to God. We truly are beloved children of God. Jesus continued to show us God’s particular concern for the vulnerable —the sick, the poor, the marginalized. These themes are picked up in one of the Reformation Commemoration sub-themes: Human Beings—Not for Sale. Every human being is to be valued and treated with justice and dignity.
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, how can we bring these thoughts together? How can we open ourselves up from what is often a family-centred celebration to share God’s concern with all of humanity? What can we do to make ourselves aware that we are seeing the face of Jesus reflected in the faces of those around us?
Can we, like Mary, speak powerful words of justice? (Luke 1:26–38)
Can we, like the owner of the manger, provide a place of shelter for the homeless? (Luke 2:1–7)
Can we, like the shepherds, be open to hearing good news of great joy? Can we be willing to leave things behind in order to go and worship our Saviour? (Luke 2:8–20)
Can we, like the Magi, offer gifts to honour the birth of our God? (Matthew 2:1–12)
Can we, like the holy family, live in solidarity with those who are forced to flee their homes due to persecution and violence? (Matthew 2:13–15)
This Christmas, can we celebrate in a new way as we pray, read, worship, study, serve, give and tell? I pray that you will
experience a blessed Christmas and that together we can continue to reach out
to a world in need of love, justice, peace and joy.
Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada writes a regular column for each issue of Canada Lutheran.