"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel. ~ Isaiah 7:14
Challenge: Rejoice, Emmanuel!
During this season of wonder we are given an amazing gift. The biggest gift of all, the biggest treasure of all treasures. We are called to contemplate something truly astonishing. In this stillness, in the quiet of the night we receive a message. A message of hope, peace, joy and love. Emmanuel
If we are not careful, it will pass us by. So let us, ignore the headlines, ignore all the shouting from the world. Do not listen. Ignore the taunting and in this moment, in this season be enthralled by Emmanuel.
God is with us. Emmanuel.
Close your eyes, sit in silence and take this in. Reflect on this gift. This amazing love story that is taking place right in front of you. The incarnation is the tenderest, most daring love letter ever written. So turn off that Hallmark Movie, sit and reflect on this love story which we are all a part of.
"I love you so much. I long for you. You cannot become as I am, so I will become as you are. You cannot reach Me, so I will inhabit you. There shall never be anything between us ever again. Your darkness is now My light. There is no part of you I refuse. I withhold nothing from you." ~Jennifer Hartline
Jesus came. He is born. He became one of us. Rejoice in this! There is none beside Him. Only Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. Nothing is more deserving of our attention. Whatever else is going on, fix your gaze on Emmanuel. Look with a grateful heart. Life will happen. Work, obligations and issues will need to be dealt with. Don't let Advent blow past you, don't let your worry and stress stop you from seeing and feeling the miracle of Emmanuel each and every day.
"In our pain and puzzlement, God is with us. In our sadness and yearning, God is with us. In our doubt and fear, God is with us. Through Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit, God is with us. And not just with us, but for us, beside us, before us, behind us, within us, and among us. So we are comforted, even as we pray, "O Come, O come, Emmanuel." ~ source: thetheologyofwork.org
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen