Archive for January 18th, 2008

The incarnation: for those people too

Friday, January 18th, 2008

A few weeks ago I celebrated a typical comfortable middle-class Canadian Christmas. In the midst of the activities and relaxing with family, I was reminded of Bruce Cockburn’s song “Cry of a Tiny Babe“,

… Like a stone on the surface of a still river

Driving the ripples on forever

Redemption rips through the surface of time

In the cry of a tiny babe…

I believe that the historical Jesus came to bring redemption. It’s the practical living out of my faith, including how I perceive some of the people that I see from my downtown office window, that I often fall down at. Cockburn’s song reminds me,

… There are others who know about this miracle birth

The humblest of people catch a glimpse of their worth

For it isn’t to the palace that the Christ child comes

But to shepherds and street people, hookers and bums …

Uncomfortable lyrics, but I believe they capture the truth of why Jesus came. Lord help me to get beyond merely believing.