Saturday, 25 December 2010

Emmanuel, God with us

'Christmas carols try to put into words what is almost impossible to express: that God has come among us as one of us and is on our side. They attempt to explore the mystery of God - in Jesus of Nazareth - opting into the world and not exempting himself from it. We can sing about it for ever, but we also need to dare to think about what it means.

Carols are wonderful attempts to re-tell the familiar story of how God entered our world - not on a war-horse or in a tank, but in a vulnerable baby in occupied territory in a place of weakness. And this is how God decides to be "with us", Emmanuel.'

Nick Baines, Ready, Steady, Slow, 21 December

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