During this last week of Advent as we head toward Christmas Day and the season of Epiphany beyond it, I am reflecting once again upon the miracle of God coming to us in human form as one of us. I am always reminded of the great hope that is embodied in the birth of this particular child. A little boy “of color,” member of an oppressed and persecuted group of people who suffered a history of enslavement, and who found themselves once again the victims of an empire in control of their lives. Our Jesus, a boy who was destined to fight, in love, for justice and for the wellbeing of the downtrodden, even as it would eventually cost him his life. Ours is a great God who gives to us a savior and the promise of the ever-present, sustaining Holy Spirit.