A few weeks ago, my Aunt was visiting with her granddaughter about prayer. They were discussing prayers at daycare, and my aunt suggested that they say one of the oldest of children’s prayers and began to lead, “God is great, God is good. . .” when she was interrupted by the cheery, singing (if not somewhat twangy voice) of a tot that chimed, “and people are crrraaazzzy. . .” If you have not heard the original song by Billy Currington, it may not be worth your listen, but knowledge of it is necessary to enjoy the entirety of the hilarity of this sweet moment. But I believe, in a sense, there you have it. The Christmas Story in a nutshell – yes, God is great, and God is good, we are crazy, as well as depraved, and God has gone to crazy measures in order to redeem us. He took on the form of crazy people, in order to save those crazy people. He actually walked among us, He (as it literally says in John 1:14) “pitched a tent” among us.
“When a person makes his home among people, he moves in with them. He identifies with them. The incarnation is the moving in of the eternal Word so that he utterly identifies with us in every way. He took the whole nature of human being. . . including that which psychologists tell us is the most traumatic event of human life – birth.” – Joseph “Skip” Ryan.