IT’S THE BASIC IDEA our faith is built on, this idea of a God so intent on achieving a oneness with humanity that God enters into its history and erases the boundaries between the infinite and the limited, the thinker and the thought.
It’s worth flexing our mental muscles a bit from time to time to engage the mystical language; to follow the progress of the biblical rhetoric; to try to reach its ultimate purpose, which is a reconciliation, a unity that God desires for us and thus has made possible. Even as we shake our heads at the complexity of it, we can lift our hearts at its result. God is as close to us as our own breath, and Christ is the pulse beat of the eternal heart.
Holy One, even in our lack of understanding and our limited view, give us a wider imagination with which to love the world you have made, and a fuller heart through which to become agents of your reconciliation.
- Melissa Tidwell
“From page 32 of Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation by Melissa Tidwell. Copyright © 2013 by Melissa Tidwell. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. “http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
2 Timothy 4:17, NRSV
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Howard Thurman (October 22).
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