John 1:14

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


The incarnation. Immanuel. God in the flesh, God with us. The almighty God, creator of heaven and earth, came to dwell among us in the flesh. The one who spoke galaxies into being embraced infancy, that infants might embrace him, that humans might reach out and find him, know him, and love him. The God, of all time, drew near to us, that we might draw near to him and begin to know the depth of his love for us and all of creation.


During these last few days of Advent, I invite you to reflect on the incarnation of Christ, it's meaning then and it’s meaning for you now. How do we grasp and appreciate the indescribable fullness of this extraordinary concept? What does the incarnation have to do with us in our daily life? How do we who follow Christ respond to friends and family, strangers and neighbors in light of this gift? How do we embody love in our interactions with those around us? What does the incarnation look like in your life today?


God, you are a big God. I love you and I am willing to serve your purposes. Please guide me to be a servant to your people. Guide me to be an instrument of your grace and peace each day. Thank you for loving me and for hearing and answering my prayers. Amen.