Adventing Along . . .

21 Dec

This morning I was thinking about living out of the country and how it has helped me to put Christ in Christmas.  Not that I’m saying it’s impossible in the United States, nor am I railing against commercialism.  No, it’s the simple fact that I have to order my gifts over the Internet that gives me time to meditate on Christ’s birth and death and its eternal effect on our lives.

And I can’t get over the impact that John 1:14 has had on me this holiday season.  Wuest’s expanded translation is my favorite, but I love many of the translations–all expand my heart.

And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.  Amplified version

Ok, full of grace and truth.  Jesus was full of grace and truth and we are to be full of grace and truth as His Spirit lives in us.  I was thinking about that this morning and then came across the poem, Psalm of Life, by H.W. Longfellow.  Here is a stanza:

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant !
Let the dead Past bury its dead !
Act,— act in the living Present !
Heart within, and God o’erhead !

Today we are to ask God to make his grace and truth real to us.  Today we are to allow His grace and truth flow through us to those who are around us today.  Call it Christmas spirit if you wish, this is the real spirit of Christmas that lives in us throughout the year.

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