Not only does God stand with those who are suffering. God also stands with those who are suffering and cannot return the favor. Whether I could drag myself to church made not one iota of difference to this solidarity.
Advent should be the season for us to reflect, not just on the tenderness of the manger scene, but of what that scene represents below the surface. It should push us to understand that God became incarnate in the world of the poor and oppressed and shared intimately in that reality.
Just now the earth recalls His stunning visitation. Now / the earth and scattered habitants attend to what is possible: that He / of a morning entered this, our meagered circumstance, and so / relit the fuse igniting life in them, igniting life in all the dim / surround.
I don't obsess about karma, but it has completely changed my way of understanding our lives. There's karma, karma everywhere and I'm beginning to see it as the compost of our learning, growth and spiritual upliftment.
While Christians put decorations away, vacuum up the tinsel, and find places to put our new toys, I often wonder what it all means. After the pregnant longing, after the birth, how do we understand that God is with us?