December 24, 2013

God with Us

I've been reading through Ann Voskamp's The Greatest Gift this month.  It is basically an advent guide that walks through several stories in the Bible tying them to the coming and anticipation of Christ.  It's been really neat to read through this month and it's hard to believe there's only one day left.  

I wanted to share from yesterday's chapter because I really liked how it was written and what it expresses...

He. Will. Save
God. With. Us
God can't stay away.  This is the love story that has been coming for you since the beginning.  The God who walked with us in the Garden in the cool of the evening before the Fall shattered our closeness with Him is the God who came after His people in the pillar of cloud, of fire, because He couldn't bear to let His people wander alone.  He is the God who came to grieving Job as a whirlwind, a tornado, a hurricane, who covenanted to Abraham as a smoking furnace, who wildly pitched His tent with the Holy of Holies so somehow in all His holy Shekinah glory, He could get close enough again to live amid His people.  He is the God who is so for us that He can't stay away from us.  The God who loves us and likes us and isn't merely 50 percent or 72.3 percent for us, but the God who is always, unequivocally, 100 percent for us--the God who so likes us, the God who is so for us that He is the God who chooses to be with us...

Christmas is about God's doing whatever it takes to be with us... He climbed down from the throne of heaven to get to you.

Merry Christmas Eve!

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