If you’ve been with me since the first day of Advent, you know that Mary, Joseph, and even a few animals are now waiting in our stable. Since he’s already made a couple of appearances, the angel should be next.
Our famous Christmas angel, Gabriel, appeared long before Jesus’ birth in the Old Testament book of Daniel:
What are we doing here?
It’s what shaken, disoriented people ask when they find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
It’s the right question for 2020.
It’s one of the questions a teenage girl might have asked when about to give birth for the first time in a stable far from home.
Why here, Lord? Why now? Why me?
A miniature stable from a familiar box is a good distraction from worn-out questions. I’m pulling it out and placing it center stage, where it belongs. Already it reminds me of something bigger, and it grounds me.