Advent: Is Jesus Still Here?

burned house

Ted Robertson’s home in Colorado was one of more than 500 destroyed by the Black Forest Fire in June 2013.  When he was allowed to return and sift through the ash and rubble, he was hoping to find a precious family heirloom made by his wife — a tiny ceramic figurine of baby Jesus about the size of a postage stamp.  As he searched the charred remains of their home, he kept wondering, “Is the baby Jesus still here?”

When our lives are rocked by disappointment and loss, we may wonder if Jesus is still here with us.  The Bible’s answer is a resounding Yes! “Neither death nor life, neither angles nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow…will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

In a corner of what used to be his garage, Ted Robertson discovered the burned remnants of a nativity scene, and there he found the baby Jesus figurine undamaged by the flames.  He told KRDO NewsChannel 13, “[We’ve] gone from apprehension to hope . . . that we’re going to recover some parts of our life that we thought were lost.”

Is Jesus still here?  He is indeed, and that is the everlasting wonder of Christmas.

— from God with Us:  Christmas Reflections from Our Daily Bread.  Pick up your free copy at the church.

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