The so-called glorious world inhabited by limited men of all kinds changed forever at Christmas. A new definition of glory presented itself: all man all God with hunger and human hair and a heartbeat. What did this new picture of glory look like to those who only know how to achieve glory with their limited means, with our crowns and our money and our best efforts? What kind of glory does a stable represent other than the glory of beasts that eat and sleep and give birth themselves?
David writes, “Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth!…Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name…” (Psalm 96:1, 7 – 8) Maybe this is it. Maybe glory is not found in the place in which he came…but that he is glory come.
The Christmas drama, “Glory Be,” comes in the following formats: