In 1865, William Chatterton Dix wrote one of our beloved Christmas hymns: “What Child Is This?” It did and still does pose a heart-searching question.
“This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and Angels sing; Haste, haste to bring him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary.”
On my walk of faith, I have talked with many people who have various answers to this question. For some, fictional. For some, historical but not the Son of God. For some, Christ Jesus. For all, a wonderful way to begin a conversation of faith, discovery and the sharing of God’s grace.
On Christmas eve and Christmas day, it is a perfect time to talk with God about this question.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
– John 1: 12
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”
– Romans 8: 28
Children of God? You? Me? Us?
My prayer for us is to talk with Father God about what this really means. What expectations does God have for us? What plans does God have for our life? Where, on our walk of faith, does He want us to go?
Yes, it was and remains a wonderful hymn and question: What Child Is This?
Merry Christmas, 2015