Thursday, December 29, 2011

On the Fifth Day of Christmas 2011-2012

“Incarnation” is a big and important word.

We use it to name the coming of the Son of God in the flesh in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. It thus names the central truth of Christmas: God was with us (the meaning of “Emmanuel,” another of our big and important words) in Jesus Christ.

When we join the big and important word “Incarnation” with the big and important words “Emmanuel” and “Crucifixion” and “Resurrection” and “Ascension” and “Pentecost” we can move toward understanding that God is still with us through Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

Even more important than growing in our understanding of the great truth of “God with Us”, though, is growing in our experience of the great truth of “God with Us.”

How can we move toward an always growing experience with God in our spirit? In our world? In each other? In every circumstance?

On this Fifth Day of Christmas, may God cause us to grow in experiencing God at all times, in all things, in all people, and in every circumstance…

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