An Advent Journey, 2013: Looking for the Light – Day Twenty-One


“The One who comes from above is head and shoulders over other messengers from God. The earthborn is earthbound and speaks earth language; the heavenborn is in a league of his own. He sets out the evidence of what he saw and heard in heaven. No one wants to deal with these facts. But anyone who examines this evidence will come to stake his life on this: that God himself is the truth.

“The One that God sent speaks God’s words. And don’t think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away—a lavish distribution of gifts. That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is in the dark and doesn’t see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that.”

John 3:31-36 -The Message

The One who speaks God’s language. And our own.

THAT is the wonder of the Incarnation, the coming of God to humankind. Bone of our bone, yet come from God. Who knows our frailties — and experiences many of them himself — yet rises above the pettiness and brokenness and sinfulness of our race, infusing us all with the DNA of heaven itself.

Jesus came to give it away. Did you catch that? To give gifts, to give life, to give himself. To GIVE IT AWAY.

And so often, we live right, smack-dab in the middle of scarcity, of less-than, of not-enough, of worry and discouragement, even despair. 

This is worth staking our lives on, isn’t it? Well, isn’t it?

We believe, Lord! Help thou our unbelief! Help us to live in the center of ‘enough,’ to trust that you are good, to know that you are with us and for us and in us. Teach us your ways, O Lord. YOUR ways.

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