On the fourth (final) Sunday in Advent, we begin wrapping up our series on ‘Christmas Stories’ with a discussion on ‘Points of Grace.’  We know, as we listen to the stories of the birth of Jesus every year at Christmas, that God worked quietly in the background for centuries to both arrange for the prophesies of the Messiah to be proclaimed, and then for them to come true.  But what we often don’t realize is that God is still at work in our lives on a regular basis even today.  We simply don’t realize it because things often seem so ordinary to us that we tend to miss recognizing them as God’s plan.  In everyday life, the voice of God doesn’t often come to us through spectacular moments like the appearance of legions of singing angels, or a very bright star, or three kings riding camels.  Sometimes God’s plans are more ordinary.  A census… A DNA test… Small historical technicalities… Or when our plans for our futures get drastically affected by circumstances beyond our control.  Yet in hindsight, these small, seemingly insignificant details, can turn out to be a critical part of God’s plan.  When we are IN the circumstances, we cannot recognize this, but when we trust even when we don’t understand what is going on, these strange and unexpected situations can be points of grace in our lives.

Based on Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-20.