Promise and Gift
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse.
And a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
In this Advent season as we journey with toward Christmas we are reminded afresh of the huge undertaking of God to come among us. I remember reading once, ‘that only a God so big would dare to become so incredibly small.’ Emmanuel, God with us. God with us always.
Today we pause to take stock:
We remember God in our times of suffering, pain and loss when darkness threatened to overwhelm us, when we were gradually transformed into God’s light and the warmth of his Presence.
We remember when the cold winds of shame blew across our souls, it was God, our God, who stooped and encouraged us to keep going, to leave behind the muck and grime and look to God our burden bearer.
And lets not forget those incredible moments of joyous illumination when we have stood shoulder to shoulder recognizing the brilliance of God’s creation, as though we were co-creators, lifted up by our tender God to share his pedestal of love.
We also remember the many ordinary everyday occasions which were made holy by God being with us.
Thanks be to God.