Whoa! Time flies when you're not writing Advent posts. Sorry about that. But I was busy enjoying my fortieth birthday, a snow day off from school, and preparing to do the preaching this Sunday.
Excuses, excuses, I know.
On to Advent:
"God wanted to do something for us so strange, so utterly beyond the bounds of human imagination, so foreign to human projection, that God had to resort to angels, pregnant virgins, and stars in the sky to get it done." --William Willimon from Watch the Light
I love this quote by Willimon. It tells of a God who is always trying to bring humanity back to God's Love. A God who says through the prophet in Isaiah 41:
The poor and needy search for water,
but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
18 I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
and the parched ground into springs.
19 I will put in the desert
the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set junipers in the wasteland,
the fir and the cypress together,
20 so that people may see and know,
may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
To those who are humble enough to understand their need for God, God promises supernatural miracles: verdant deserts, fruitful wastelands. God desperately wants us. God is waving, throwing preposterous things into our view just so we will pay attention. And when those miracles in nature haven't worked, when we still are blind, what does God do? God throws in the fireworks: angels singing across the heavens, stars brighter than imagining, a baby born of a virgin woman, God's glory fitted into a mortal body.
What a gift: a God who longs for us to see how great His love is for us.
Gabriel's Message by Moya Brennan