Amidst the huge outbursts of emotions all along the spectrum after George Zimmerman's acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, many have longed for a distraction and have found it in the birth of the son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the royal birth! Such pomp and circumstance! There were gun salutes, a royal crier and minute by minute news coverage for all the adoring fans. Yes, the human tendency to disengage with reality and escape into fantasy stood unhindered this week.
Can you guess that I wasn't one of the adoring fans waiting with bated breath for the royal birth? Sorry! I was just too busy mourning the gutting of The Voting Rights Act and a victory for Florida's fundamentally flawed and biased "Stand Your Ground" law which will only cause more unnecessary violence and gun proliferation and outrage. "Oh come let us adore him!" That's basically what the media was saying about William and Kate's baby boy, but there is another royal birth of far greater significance that I am waiting for and that is the birth of Christ in our hearts.
A dear friend of mine has a habit of saying "Merry Christmas!" on any given day. It seems a bit strange, but the truth is that Jesus is born in our hearts every day whenever we allow him to be, whenever we make room for him. Whenever we turn from violence and seek peace. Whenever we seek reconciliation instead of revenge. Wherever there is love. Wherever there is compassion. Wherever there is gentleness, kindness and mercy, Jesus is born in our hearts and is free to live out his resurrected life in us. Now this is a royal birth to get excited about! This is the royal birth the world is desperately in need of. And when it happens it will not be televised. There will be no fanfare, or gun salutes or royal criers with feathered hats, only a still small voice letting us know we're headed in the right direction.
So may all of the love, all of the compassion, all of the mercy, may all of the sheer goodness, humility and kindness of Jesus be born in our hearts on this day and everyday. May we all learn to love one another as dearly and tenderly as Jesus loves us so that we may create a world free of hate, bitterness, poverty and war, a world full of the abundant life Jesus comes to bring us whenever we let him in.
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