Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How Still We See Thee Lie

How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of His heaven.”
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”
by Rev. Philip Brooks
Philadelphia, 1865

"Kissing the Face of God"
Morgan Weistling
How unexpected it was that the Messiah would come to us in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. No wonder so many didn't believe He was the Savior of anything, much less the world. That Savior comes to us in much the same way today. No wonder so many still don't believe He's the Savior of the world. A sermon from our pastor might seem ordinary, a hymn may feel over-sung, and perhaps that everyday bread and wine at the Lord’s Supper just doesn't feel like anything special.

Remember: Jesus’ birth was so mundane that it had to be marked with a ridiculously bright star and giant, scary angels had to come down from heaven to tell us exactly what had happened. Otherwise, we'd have missed it altogether. That simple birth that so nearly went unnoticed was the beginning of the salvation of the world: the greatest event heaven and earth alike has ever known. God assures us that ordinary sermons, over-sung hymns, and everyday bread and wine are also miraculous gifts: literal glimpses of heaven on earth.

Don’t make the same mistake the innkeeper did. Make some room.

"For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the LORD will come like a thief in the night." 1 Thessalonians 5:2

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