Have you seen the 1951 film version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” starring Alistair Sim? It’s a superb film, and I connect a family tradition at Christmastime with watching it.
In the story, Scrooge says something like “what business is it of mine if people are poor?” and “are there no prisons? are there no workhouses?”
It seems to me that, while we each need to be free to live our unique lives, we are all connected in a great web of life. Sadly, our culture wants to urge us into individualism to the point where the ‘business’ of others should be of no consequence to us – that we each choose our state in life. In fact, we need to care enough about our neighbours, near and far, that their lives matter.
I think that’s the point of the incarnation. God – the source of life and love – cares enough to become real in the person of Jesus; God enters in to the world in a vulnerable baby.
We are all vulnerable in life. We are all in need at some time. Christmas reminds us of our need for one another. May this care for each other be a source of encouragement and inspiration always.