The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John1:14)
Christmas season is upon us. I love the tinsel and lights, the songs and services, but I am pondering most this season that the “Word became flesh.”
In moments of joy, excitement, contentment, and peace in my world, Jesus knows exactly what that feels like and rejoices with me. He celebrates, rests, and sits with me as I see in tangible ways his goodness and grace poured out in so many places. We have wonderful conversations about his presence and all that it brings, basking in the hope that comes to life in moments just like these. Looking at the blessings around me and wondering why he chose me to bless is beyond my comprehension. The fact that he too sat in places and marveled at the good things, pondered the blessings, rested in contentment, and found joy in the present brings a smile and an amazement. He knows that feeling well and I love that he shares it with me.
Thankfully, he understands the other side as well. As I walk through moments and sometimes seasons of heartache, wrestle with feelings of fear and anxiety, try to “pull myself together” when I face an unknown future, attempt to curb the anger at situations and sometimes people, and feel sadness wash over me, he knows these feelings as well. He looked in the faces of people who didn’t trust or love him, he watched friends and loved ones hurt, he dealt with relationships that were hard, and he knew exactly the physical pain he would face at the end of his life on earth. He knows all of those hard feelings and sits with us there as well. He knows what it feels like to have your heart break, to have fear come up in your face, to watch relationships with people you love suffer, to know there are needs out there you won’t be able to meet in your flesh, and to walk through grief in health diagnosis, loss, and circumstance.
He, Jesus, became flesh and dwelt among us.
Today I am thankful for a God that is bigger, wiser, more powerful than anything I could ever imagine. I am thankful for a God who loves beyond measure and sacrifices his Son just for me. But today, in the midst of celebration, joy, peace, contentment, heartache, sadness, fear, anxiousness, and uncertainty I am most thankful that Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us. That he gets it. He’s walked through it too. And today, he walks it again with me.
He dwelt among us, but he also still dwells among us.
As you walk through this season whether simply of Christmas or life, regardless of what you feel and what you face, he knows. He’s been there – and he’s still here.
May this bring you HOPE. It does for me.
Today, I pray we sit back and observe his glory for he is truly full of grace and truth – and so much more.