The Rev. John Ohmer
Rector, The Falls Church Episcopal
Falls Church, Virginia
“And the angel said [to the shepherds] “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy...”
I bring you good news of a great joy: to us Christ was born – made real – that first Christmas;and to us Christ is born – made real – this Christmas.
A colleague of mine tells the story of a man putting his 3 year old daughter to bed for the night. The family was visiting out-of-town relatives for the weekend, and when it came time for bedtime, he could tell right away that his little girl did not like the idea of sleeping in a strange room all alone.
He leaned down, and kissed his daughter, and told her not to worry,
he told her she was not alone…
that God was with her…
not to worry, the Spirit of God was all around her.
But the 3-year-old reached up grabbed her father by the chin and said,
“But Daddy, I want a God with a skin face.”
That little girl, afraid in a strange room, a…