The incarnation of God.
It sounds a bit heavy and maybe it is.
Maybe it ought to be. …God came to us.
Sit with that for a while. How does that speak to you? What does it trigger within your mind? I know of at least one thought that comes to my mind, “ME?” “You came to me? ” Why me? John the baptizer, the cousin of Jesus, stated that he was unworthy to even untie his sandals. Yes, unworthy is what comes to mind. The deep divide between us seem beyond reach. I have a picture of Lazarus in my mind asking Abraham for a simple sip of water. How could God even imagine that humanity was worth his time? Yet, God does not see it that way.
What God sees and what we see is very different. I see a world that is broken apart. I see an environment slowly rotting away. I see nations full of people divided for a sundry of reasons. I see disparity between the rich and the poor. I see a Holy season devoid of its origins.
But God sees differently. God sees the same thing as I see, but God see it through it thru his heart. God sees brokenness and desires to see restoration. God’s heart is broken but God is not broken. God has hope that something new can come out of this mess. God believes in a life that we cannot imagine. In God, through God, because of God, we discover hope. God believes in us when we cannot.
Through Incarnation, God came to us. It is heavy. It is weighed down with love, but not just any love. It is a love that is willing to offer up its life so that others can know and have love. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another. “Incarnation” God became flesh and dwelt among us is the beginning of this love. It is the start of something new born in the heart. It is hope.
This hope, this love is given to us. It makes new everything we see. It makes new what we see in the mirror and out the windows of our houses and cars. It gives hope that life can be different no matter how dark the days may be. This love breathes life into us. It is holy and full of spirit.
Do you see? I see! I see a poor child and adult on Christmas morning opening a gift picked up in a store by a changed heart and the image of an angel tree. I see a broken mother at a battered women’s shelter crying as child celebrates a season of hope as she begins to make a new life for her family. I see a lonely woman hunched over in her wheel chair in a care facility hearing carolers sing her favorite songs stirring up her long lost memories of a childhood or time with her young children during winter holy days. I see incarnation taking shape in a person changed by the love of God. God…Makes…New.
Isn’t it magnificent? Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has looked down on all generations and will call me blessed; for the mighty one has done great things for me and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
~The incarnation of God. Then as well as now through you whose hearts have been changed by Him. In Christ we see anew. Have a joyous and Merry Christmas and May God fill your hearts with his renewing spirit.
~In His Service