John 1:14 The Message
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
Scientists today are amazed by the size and scope of the observable universe. The speed of light is approximately 186,282 miles per second, or about 5.9 trillion miles per year. In 2005, a team of physicists from Princeton University estimated that the radius of the observable universe was 45.7 billion light years. If you are anything like me, your brain is beginning to hurt! Unbelievable, amazing, and David said it well in Psalm 19, “God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.”
What on earth does this have to do with Christmas? I am amazed that the God who created the universe – a universe that even the smartest minds on earth cannot begin to fully comprehend, came and “moved into the neighborhood”. This Christmas, my hope for all of us is that we remember the shocking, world-altering, refreshing news of God being with us. Specifically, there are two things I am praying for in my life and inviting you to join me in these prayers.
Jesus is God (all knowing, all powerful, all loving, all sufficient) and so I am crazy to attempt being any of these things! My trust that God is with us and for us will be made evident in a posture of life that is confident and relaxed in the way I work, in the way I relate, and in the way I rest. My prayer is not to simply make it through life, but to enjoy the process – even the dark and difficult moments. God with us – is the best news in the world. I’m praying to enjoy it this Christmas.
My prayer is to take the Christmas season to remind myself of the truth that I was not meant to do the journey of life alone. Jesus moved into the neighborhood and in this age, that means doing life with others. Jesus invites me to follow Him and to do that in the context of deep friendship with others. This means that I need the humility and courage to invite others to do life with me and the love to walk alongside others and be with them.
Imagine this Christmas being a season that reminds you of the greatest news in the world. The pressure is off, God truly is in charge and you can rest in that. You and I were not meant to do life alone, but with others.