For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
It’s Christmas once again, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, the coming of the awaited Messiah.
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
One of my favourite Christmas songs is Bryan Duncan’s “The Form of Man” – the lyrics never fail to remind me of the astonishing truth of Christmas:
“He wrapped his love in flesh and blood and he took the form of man.”
The extent to which God would go to dwell among us, to love us, to redeem us, is truly beyond comprehension. With total vulnerability, Jesus the Son of God submitted himself to share our humanity. He walked this earth with us, and entered into our mess.
“God the Father sent His son and we held him in our hands.”
Whatever your Christmas looks like, whatever burdens you may be carrying, may you find peace and rest in Jesus, the one who came to be God with us.
Tonight I had the pleasure and privilege of leading a small prayer meeting at my church. And since I had the opportunity to choose the theme and format, it seemed right to explore a few things from 31 Days to Listen outside of the blog.
As we listened to God’s word through song and scripture, as we stilled ourselves and rested in silence, God was with us.
For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.
And He was.
We shared some of the things that were drawing our attention, the challenges we face, and the invitation God extends for us to seek Him, lean into Him, trust Him.
On the trip home I became aware of a deep sense of peace that only comes from an encounter with God.
Thank you Lord for this privilege and blessing.
This is Day 15 of the series 31 Days to Listen. Check out Write 31 Days for more information about this challenge and to see what other bloggers are writing.
May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvellous glory and excellence.