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Monday, December 15, 2008

O come, All ye faithful

God is not ashamed of human flesh

1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;


O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

2. True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal,
Lo, He shuns not the Virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created;

3. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

4. Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
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Verse 2 recently struck me. The first line celebrates the divinity of our Lord. The second line celebrates the humanity, and the third the relationship of the second person to the first person of the Trinity. The line in verse 2 of interest to me is this: "Lo, He shuns not the Virgin’s womb."

We live in an age where women are routinely valued (?) for their bodies - for their sexual appeal and reproductive parts or they are denigrated for their bodies and reproductive parts. Rarely are women in general in our society valued and honored for their unique ability to give of their bodies to produce a new generation - our gift to the future. Yet God himself is not embarrassed to develop inside a woman's reproductive organs and be delivered through her birth canal with the fluids, pain, hope, fears, and joy that comes with birth.

God has honored women forever by choosing to develop and be born in and through one.

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