For to us a child is born

The Great Turning Point of All Things

“What kings and leaders of nations, philosophers and artists, founders of religions and teachers of morals have tried in vain to do – that now happens through a new-born child. Putting to shame the most powerful human efforts and accomplishments, a child is placed here at the midpoint of world history – a child born of human beings, a son given by God.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called wonderful counsellor, might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is 9:6)

That mystery of the redemption of the world; everything past and everything future is encompassed here. The infinite mercy of the almighty God comes to us, descends to us in the form of a child, his son. That this child is born for us, this son is given to us, that this human child and Son of God belongs to me, that I know him, have him, love him, that I am his and he is mine – on this alone my life now depends. A child has our life in his hands…….”

Quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer (God in an Manger – Reflections on Advent and Christmas)