Dec. 16, 2016

Friday
Philippians 2:5-11

The Southern Hemisphere is navigated not by the familiar North Star, but by the Southern Cross. One traditional Australian Christmas Carol includes these lines:

The kookaburra laughs with glee,
The shy koala peeps,
The magpie carols blissfully
As little Jesus sleeps.

What shall we give our infant king?
A boomerang of flowers
To say come back and stay with us
And be forever ours.

One day a cross will hold him fast,
And lest we should forget,
Above him in the sapphire sky
A cross of stars is set.

Isn’t it odd how we all try to make Jesus in our own image? Whether by adding a koala and a boomerang to the nativity or by picturing him pale-skinned and blue-eyed. However we picture him, we must include within the frame, his cross. It is because of that cross we can place our trust and our lives in his hands.