Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV)

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 “The Son is the image of the invisible God….God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him.” Colossians 1:15 & 19

To Christians, “Incarnation” refers to God the Son, Jesus, born to Mary, taking on human flesh to walk the earth, preaching and teaching.  For me, a very important lesson learned from Jesus’ life is how to live in loving humility, how to treasure every fellow human being.  It means living with respect, tolerance and care for all that God has created.

As I approach the Christmas Season, I am reminded of the two men who were most important in my life — my father and my husband.  Like Mary, they came from humble backgrounds; one was the son of a farmer and the other, a son of a coal miner.  Also like Mary, they were willing to take risks to follow the paths in which they felt they were being led.  Both lived Spirit-filled lives devoted to God, family and service to church and community.  I have been so blessed by their presence in my life.

Like Mary, each of us has a God-given purpose in life. Please pray with me this prayer offered by Adam Hamilton in The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem:

Lord, thank you for the people through whom you have spoken to me.  Help me to pay attention and to listen for your voice through those you send.  Speak, Lord; your servant is listening.  Amen.

Barbara Price

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