When we first moved to Hungary in 1996, I shopped in small local stores. Budapest changed as malls and "mega-stores" took over. These changes reflected the notion that "bigger is better". I missed those small stores and the people in them. Small can be good.

The first Christmas celebrated smallness — the eternal God reducing Himself into a newborn (Jesus). Almighty God becoming of no reputation, arrived with the express purpose of dying a cruel death on a cross. The few who recognized him were in utter amazement. Yet this huge event, Christ's birth was about smallness.

My grandfather once asked me, "How far do you think God reduced Himself to enter our world? Did He become as small as DNA?" The amazing wonder of the God of the universe entering time and space in such "smallness" is staggering — all to reveal His plan of redemption to the world.

This Christmas, do nor despise the small things. Let us consider becoming unknown and squeezing into small places in the lives of those around us who have great need to know this Babe from Bethlehem, Jesus Christ.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV


Sharing the journey with you,

Bob Snyder