A power strip for the tree lights, power tools to assemble toys, power steering to drive through the snow. We channel and control a lot of power in the Christmas season.
But power was different in the first Christmas. Instead of a power she could control, the Virgin Mary was told an uncontrollable power would “overshadow” her. (Lk. 1:35) Meaning that Christmas didn’t begin with a power that could be controlled, it didn’t even begin with a power that beyond her control, it begins with a power that’s in control of her.
This year, rethink the way you Christmas and be weak.
Acknowledge the sickness wears on you. Admit you aren’t as talented or as smart or as popular as other people. Accept that you don’t have to have all the money you want.
It seems absurd to embrace your weaknesses, but consider why–for the times when life is beyond your control, there’s an even greater power in control who will overshadow you. Protect you. Guide you. Most importantly, there’s a greater power that can work through you. As Jesus would later teach, His “power is made perfect in weakness,” (2 Cor. 12:9) not in our strength.
When you prepare for Christmas by embracing your weaknesses, you’ll see what a power greater than you can do.
“…the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”
What does today’s reading tell you about people? (Yourself and others.)
What does today’s reading tell you about God?
How do these ideas change the way you Christmas this year?