O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I am at least two parts (and so are you): dignity and depravity. I am at times very in tune with one or the other. In seasons past I have relished the depravity. There are times I have hated it. There are times I have relished the dignity. And there are times I have hated it. And I have screamed out “Who will rescue me from this body of death?”
See that’s the thing: God wonderfully created us with complete dignity, beauty, and wholeness… in His image. It was awesome!
Enter sin. Dignity smashed. Marred. Broken. Corrupted.
Enter Christmas. Enter Emmanuel. Enter Restoration. The rubble of the imago Dei is recreated and a new humanness filled with eternal life is born. And we actually begin to mystically participate in the very Divine Life that created and restored us. We become fully human. We become free to be all that the Creator intended in the first place.
And so, Merry Christmas (it is the 10th Day, y’know)… may we all become and walk in all that we were created and restored to be!