And Oh, the Glory!

“Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them…” Luke‬ ‭2:9‬

This is rime frost.

It forms when cold water particles flying around on the breeze bump into something solid and stick – usually overnight.

It is thickest when there is a repeat application – as in, more than one night in a row of foggy moist air.

And oh, the glory!

It sparkles in the sunlight like crystals on a chandelier, glistening and twinkling as you walk by. Depending on how it formed, it can look like feathers or spikes or a stick of old fashioned rock candy.

Gorgeous!

But there needs to be trouble, so to speak, before it can come into being.

A repeated application of freezing temperatures and supercooled liquid and darkness.

Enter the Christmas story.

Mary, pregnant out of wedlock in a culture that could apply the death penalty for such things.

Joseph, standing up against the whispers and innuendoes to stick with his beloved.

Undertaking a long and arduous journey with a child on the way – to register to pay taxes to a mistrusted and feared foreign power.

Laying their firstborn in a feeding trough.

I’d say conditions were right for glory!

See, somehow God can take frost and darkness and knit pure glory out of it. Somehow God can take two simple people with fledgling faith and knit a Saviour, a way to redeem His people and bring them back to Himself.

Somehow, God can take your rough circumstances and knit peace from chaos, power from weakness, beauty from ashes, and joy from tragedy.

And oh, the glory!

The true power of the Christmas story is what God can do with our struggles and challenges and questions and faltering, when we learn to see with the eyes of faith.

Find the glory of Christmas with me??

Father, how powerful the story of Jesus’ birth is for us when we consider the glory that came out of harsh and impossible circumstances! Bless us with the faith we need to wait for the glory You want to bring out in us. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and lets grow together!

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