He came…

unseen… unknown… unrecognized… 
He came.  

Two knew… an angel and a girl {not much older than my own}.  They brought in a third… a young carpenter {perhaps just a few years older than my mancub} in love with that girl.  These three, and God Himself, knew of the seed growing deep within.

They were not asked… they were chosen.  Chosen for something hard… appointed before time began to do perhaps the hardest thing ever asked of human parents… rear the Christ Child.

In blind obedience they said YES! … though not at the same time.  These two, young and wise, said YES! to God and YES! to immediate submission to a plan much greater than they could ever know.

He came!  In the form of an unborn babe swelling inside a virgin girl.  In the darkness and warmth, He developed and grew.  God and man together for the first and only time in the womb of the young girl.

He came!  The King of Kings arrived in a lowly, smelly, damp and dank stable after a long and arduous journey for His young earthly parents.  Ushered to earth by a chorus of Heavenly Beings all praising God for this miraculous event… witnessed only by some shepherds protecting their flocks… He came!

We sing…

O come O come Emmanuel
and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to you O Israel

Oh, come O Rod of Jesse’s stem, 
From ev’ry foe deliver them 
That trust your mighty pow’r to save; 
Bring them in vict’ry through the grave. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to you, O Israel!

…we sing O Come O Come Emmanuel in remembrance but do we remember that He came?  He came! 

Emmanuel… God With Us came and dwelt among us.  He came to set the captive free… to set me free.

Sitting in awe and with deep gratitude this rainy Monday…

for me, the gift of Emmanuel,
He came.
Categories 1000 Gifts, advent, faith, gratitude

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