Taking In the Whole of The Gift
"Big and glossy and loud and fast-that’s how this bent-up world turns.
But God, when He comes- He shows up in the fetal ball.
He who carved the edges of the cosmos curved Himself into a fetal ball in the dark, tethered Himself to the uterine wall of a virgin, and lets His cells divide, light splitting all white.
He gave up the heavens that were not even large enough to contain Him and lets Himself be held in a hand….
The Giver becomes The Gift, this quiet offering….
“I am your God, and I am one of you, and I’ll be the Gift, and I’ll take you. Take Me?”
It is possible to miss it. To brush past it, to rush through it, to not see how it comes for you up over the edges of everything, quiet and unassuming and miraculous - how every page of the Word has been writing it, reaching for you, coming for you. And you could wake on Christmas only to grasp that you never took the whole of the Gift, the wide expanse of grace. So now we pause. Still. Ponder. Hush. Wait. Each day of Advent, He gives you the gift of time, so you have time to be still an wait...
"Sometimes the heart waiting for the Gift…is the art of the Gift”.
Join us in marking Advent with a counting, a way of staying awake and not missing, noticing, listening, discerning and responding to God’s calls to waiting and to acting in His purposes.
We are offering an extension of MidWeek for any interested in a time and community to stop amid the rush and enjoy moments remembering, anticipating and embracing what this season is all about! This will include readings like the exerts above taken from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp, and also Taste and See by Jan Johnson and The Legend of the Christmas Prayer by Brian Morgan.
Wednesday evenings 6:00-7:30pm, Room 207, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th. Contact Christa Midkiff.