But far more important to me than the flurry of exciting activities and decorations which lighten the season is the true meaning of Christmas... the Incarnation. “God with us!” God becoming human to live with us, walk . . ., sweat . . ., work . . ., attend worship . . ., deal with difficult people . . ., struggle with all the issues of humanity including physical suffering and death.
Jesus also lived in a time when the world was upside down and governmental power was international in scope. Do you realize that Jesus' country was occupied during his lifetime? Rome ruled the known world and was occupying Israel and ruled with an iron fist. It was in the midst of this Roman occupation that Jesus taught that his nation was ordained by God to rule the world. Well, actually, that is NOT what he taught at all, but that is what most of the people THOUGHT he was teaching! You see, they thought he was going to rise up and overthrow the Roman government! What they could not understand was that Jesus’ kingdom was not of this world.
Finally Christmas morning came.
Her parents were stunned. Annie said nothing about there being no pony.
“Oh but God did answer my prayer,” Annie said. “He just said 'No.'"