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The Blessed Hope by Caroll Moore Makemson

An Advent Devotion
The Canticles of Christmas
Week Four: Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Christmas Day
Monday, December 25

Titus 2:11-14

For the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to all … we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:11) 

“Christmas baby, Christmas baby,” quietly sings the grandmother as the gangly adolescent boy rolls his eyes pretending not to hear. Soon he gives way and joins in the silly routine of being rocked on her lap like an oversized baby! The memories of him being placed in her arms on a crisp December morning flood the grandmother’s mind. On that day in Advent, he was born perfect in every way. Yes, she counted his toes and fingers. He brought great joy to his people. Four anxious grandparents hovered close celebrating the news and emailing the world. This family had great hope for his future. He was a miracle of love come from God especially for this family.

The birth of a baby during Advent reverberates straight to the manger and the first Christmas. No, the grandparents weren’t hovering at the manger, the general population received the news from singing angels not email, and maybe even the parents weren’t sure what was ahead for their son. But, this baby, Jesus, was perfect, designed by God, and destined to change the world, a miracle of love come for God’s earthly family.

In the Epistle, Titus describes this holy Christmas baby, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all … we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:11, NRSV). We still hope and wait!

As baby Jesus graces our nativity sets today, the Christian world sings, bakes, dines, and unwraps, because “love was born at Christmas.”* We all have a Christmas baby to celebrate not just in the village of Bethlehem so many years ago, but wherever we may be today and for all of our tomorrows. For us, every day is Christmas as the gifts of grace and hope redeem and guide us. Thanks be to God on this Christmas Day!

Carroll Moore Makemson

 

*Rossetti, “Love Came Down at Christmas”

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