Christmas Message from Rev. Goodman

"God moves in mysterious ways." You've probably heard that a zillion times, but it was never truer than at the birth of Jesus. If I were Mary, I might have been tempted to think that God moves in ANNOYING ways! She gets to be the pregnant girl that people talk about behind her back and is then dragged off to Bethlehem on a donkey when she is great with child! woo-hoo! But Mary says, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name," Luke 1:46. God chooses a "backwoods" unknown to give birth to divine royalty. In other words, God does things in ways we would not expect, and possibly not even approve of if given the chance. God asks us to be flexible and obedient, like Mary was. I'm not saying that God deliberately does hurtful things or causes turmoil in our lives, but God works through less than ideal and crazier than conventional circumstances to do miracles. I call it "shaking the snowglobe" and it happens to all of us at some, or many, point(s) in our lives. When things finally settle, there can be new beauty created out of the chaos in our lives. I pray that none of us has to experience the tragedy that Mary witnessed in the life and death of her son, but may we all experience something of the new birth and resurrection that God can accomplish in and through our lives, even when life turns us upside down and shakes us!