Daily Encouragement - December 7
Luke 2:10-11: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people; to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
O Lord God, whose chosen dwelling is the heart of the lonely: we give thee thanks that thou didst reveal thyself in the holy child Jesus, thereby sanctifying all childhood in him. We beseech thee to make us humble in faith and love, that we may know the joy of the Gospel that is hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed unto babes. Amen. From The Book of Worship
Carlo Carretto writes in The God Who Comes, “That God presents himself little by little, and that the whole story of salvation is the story of God who comes.” He then goes on to discuss that there is a unique moment In his coming: the Incarnation. The Incarnation brings his presence in a way that is so complete that it overshadows all God’s presence before it. God is made human in Christ. The invisible, intangible God has made himself both visible and tangible.
1John 1:1 states, “This is what we proclaim to you:
what was from the beginning,
what we have heard,
what we have seen with our eyes,
what we have looked upon
and our hands have touched –
we speak of the word of life.”
One of the most encouraging things that comes out of these words and thoughts is that God has made himself present in ways that we can experience personally. This is a God whose presence is always with us, and there’s a hymn refrain that expresses that beautifully:
He touched me, O he touched me,
And O the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened, and now I know,
He touched me and made me whole.
Pastor David Brosnan