Whatever your opinion on Christmas, I find it helpful to choose certain things to really meditate on from time to time. This year, as Advent approached, I was struck with thoughts of the incarnation and the whole concept of God with us – and the weight each of those words hold.
So, for this Advent season, I am sharing some meditations on Immanuel. Most of this is not my own writing, but hymns/carols and scripture passages, but I have put a few thoughts before them. I hope it is meaningful to you as it has been for me.
I also want to ask that along with these meditations on God coming to be with us, we remember that we were once the people walking in darkness, but He allowed us to see the Great Light. With all of the focus on ISIS in the news and with so many asking “what can be done about them?” I want to ask that you fast and pray with me this Advent season, that this people walking in darkness will see the Great Light.
These are terrible days: a massive refugee crisis. Evil men sweeping the levant, killing and raping as they go. Earthquakes. Mass shootings. The whole world hurting, wondering what the answer is. What can stop it all? What can bring relief?
World history has shown that no human power can end it for good. Wars keep coming. The earth keeps shaking. People keep dying.
We need help. We need hope. We need something more than this world can offer. We need a Savior.
Solomon: …will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built! (1 Kings 8:27)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.
King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.
Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.
At His feet the six wingèd seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Lord Most High!
I’ve written and linked to articles about this in the past, so I will just link to some things today.
– Thoughts on Psalm 94 in light of ISIS and Abortion This has links to many articles about what ISIS is doing.
– Sozan’s Impossible Choice and Our Very Possible One
– Who Do I Make the Effort to Notice?
– Paris & Beyond ”
– A Prayer of Lament
– France: A Fabric Torn
– What do you tell your kids about ISIS?
These all talk about ISIS, but two of them also bring up that there is MUCH more going on. Boko Haram in Africa. Abortion in America. Violence in Lebanon, Yemen… If you have the time, do research on more current events and then pray!
– For His help and relief in these times of turmoil: physically, to those in need, and spiritually, to all of us who are feeling pain, fear, and many other things.
– For ways you might share the hope we have in Christ with others this Advent season