And his name shall be called …..
Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
Is this the only way to address our God? As we prepare to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus, we see God in a very different light. There is very little that is ‘mighty’ about a new-born baby! A new- born is vulnerable, fragile and totally dependent – as was the baby Jesus. And even more so because Jesus’ mother gave birth a long way from home, without the support of family and friends and in the equivalent of a shed around the back of the Junction Inn.
So rather than addressing God as ‘mighty’ we might pray to our
‘Vulnerable God’ – and we might continue ……
‘you risked everything by emptying yourself to become a human being.
You come to us as a fragile child to share in our weakness and struggle.
You grew up and lived in a country surrounded by turmoil and uncertainty.
Thank you, Vulnerable God that you are ‘Emmanuel’ (God with us) – not judging and condemning from on high but understanding and meeting us in our daily lives. You know what it’s like to grow up in an earthly family with all the hassles and tensions, the joys and the sorrows. You know what it’s like to lose family members and friends you love. You know what it is to suffer injustice and unfairness.
Thank you, Vulnerable God, that you have lived a fully human life.
When we address God as ‘vulnerable’ we are recognizing that God is right here and alongside us – in the thick of it – in the messiness of life – in the daily struggle. Jesus, the baby of Bethlehem, the man of Galilee, is also our Mighty God.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given;
And the government shall be upon his shoulders,
And his name shall be called ….
Come and celebrate this glorious Christmas mystery with us!