The Freaks Come Out At Night: A Christmas Meditation

(This is the entry I wrote for today’s St. Mark United Methodist Church‘s Advent Devotional Guide)

Wednesday, December 25

Scripture: Titus 3:4-7

4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done,but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

What a relief that we can’t earn God’s grace and love. Nothing can make us more worthy of it. And nothing can cause it to be taken away. It is a gift freely given – a gift of unconditional love. No matter how weird or broken or freakish or flawed we are, God has poured his mercy and salvation out on us all.

So how appropriate that God has redeemed each weird, wonderful one of us by becoming fully human in Jesus, and living and dying as a freak. How many other people do you know who, aside from actually being God, were born from a virgin, embraced lepers, walked on water, hung out with prostitutes, threw a fish dinner for 5000, raised the dead and got really pissed, cussed people out at church and then kicked over a bunch of tables? Yes. Jesus is indeed fully God AND fully, freakishly human.

And God’s no-strings-attached grace means that it’s OK for us to be fully human as well – fully, weirdly, beautifully human just as God made us! The beloved Wesleyan hymn by Whodini teaches us that “The Freaks Come Out At Night.” But how wonderful to know that with our God we can come out in all our glory on Sunday mornings and any other time and be fully and wholly loved because of our unique freakishness, not despite it! What a gift on this day of unconditional mercy, grace and love.

Prayer: God, thank you for making me beautifully unique and for loving and saving me through your mercy and grace. Please help me be more accepting and loving of all the other freaks and remind me that they are loved by you and worthy of my love just as you love me. Amen.

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