So I’m in the middle of planning our Christmas season. It’s always a humbling experience for me. The season of advent always seems to prompt me to reflect on the incredible grace found in the condescension of God to Earth; taking on the form of a baby; living a man’s life, dying on the cross, in order to save ME from MY sins. And then, upon reflection of the manger, the humility, the rejection, the sacrifice (on the part of Joseph and Mary), the worship from the shepherds, angels, and wise men, I begin to realize, as if for the first time (year after year), how incredible that gift was. It’s always a refreshing reminder of who I serve, why I serve, and who has called me to serve.