Mission Statement

Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas is Complicated

My favorite story from last Christmas was an exchange between my then 4 year old and 6 year old.  We have a large nativity that is always placed on our table.  They were playing with the pieces when the 4 year old says very proudly "this is Jesus."  However he was holding up Joseph and it took less than a second for this sister to correct him: "no! That is Joseph Jesus' daddy, Jesus is the baby."  She points to the baby (yes gasp! we put out Jesus early!).  Then she says in her teaching tone: "that is Joseph, Jesus' father."  My 4 year hold very upset says: "No, that can't be, Jesus' dad is God!"  and then in all the wisdom of the wise universe the 6 year old says: "it is very complicated but Jesus has two dads."
The next day, my 4 year old and I were sitting at the table and he proudly picks up Joseph and says to me: "This is Jesus' earth's dad." 

Christmas is complicated.  The birth story of Jesus is and yet at the same time simple.  It is us and our society and our time that make things that could be simple into complicated webs.  It is our projection on the "normal" that makes the Spiritual seem unbelievable.  Jesus reminds us to come to him as little children, because of this vary reason.  My 4 and 6 year old can simply accept that Christmas is complicated and be open to the power. They can be inspired by the story without letting every detail of the story get in the way of belief.  More importantly they can see Jesus as both/and instead of either/or.  A powerful reminder to us this holiday.  Let us embrace this.  Let us go out into the complicated world with our complicated Christmas story and simply live; simply love and in awe simply worship.