Recently, I played Eye-Spy with one of my grands. We stood at the window looking out over the street. We spied the orange in the setting sun, the leafless trees, the blue car with four wheels. . . . We looked through the window to what was beyond.
The lights on the Christmas tree were lit in the corner next to us and were reflected on the window glass that we were gazing through. When I said, "I spy tiny red, green and yellow lights," she was puzzled until I said to look at the glass rather than through it.
Immediately, she saw the tree's reflection in the window. We turned from the window and began to study that which had caught our eye on the glass and had cast the reflection. The reflection was good, but the tree itself was better!
Reminds me of 1Cor 13:12-13. "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."
The day is coming when our questions and confusion will become understanding. We will know fully as we stand in the presence of the Real. In the meantime, you and I are the reflection as we reflect the Image of our Creator.
Yes, we reflect that Image imperfectly distorted as it is by sin and our sinful propensities. But, as the gracious, redeeming life and Lordship of Christ makes its home in us, we become an increasingly accurate Christ-reflection to others.
Creator God and Father,
Jesus the Christ, our Savior,
Spirit--Comforter, Teacher and Guide,
Cleanse us of all that is distortion and help us to reflect you truly and well.
Lead us daily toward the face-to-face worship of heaven.
For the reflection is good, but the Creator and the Christ is better. Amen
Christmas Day is over and we enter the days of Christmas-tide.
In Bethlehem, the shepherds have returned to their flocks in the hills while the town's people are either excited or irritated by the commotion in the night.
"What was that all about?"
"Have you not heard?"
"Angels! Shepherds! Stable! Manger-Baby! Savior! Messiah!"
But then, bread needs to be baked, animals fed, cows milked, water and food gathered. One night's unusual events begin to fade and the necessities of the day take precedence and attention.
Spirit of Christ, compel us to remember the Baby's birth. Enable us to understand the implications of The Gift of Christmas for our lost and hungry souls.
Thank you, Jesus. Amen.