Power to Grasp His Coming


The glory which You have given Me I have given to them,
that they may be one, just as We are one;
I in them and You in Me,
that they may be perfected in unity,
so that the world may know that You sent Me,
and loved them,
even as You have loved Me.
— John 17:22-23 NASB

The incarnation of Christ is staggering.  That the creator of all worlds yearns to be our Father and gave Himself to us in such a special way in His Son – the Son whom He sent into our dark world through the womb of Mary to grow in the form and flesh of man – is something to be grasped only

as the Father Himself gives the power. And we, like Mary, believe in order to receive that “Holy Thing.” Then we find ourselves as extensions of the incarnation by the pouring out of God’s Spirit on us. This too we can only grasp as our Father gives it to us, pouring out on us our personal Pentecost. Even then it is staggering to the imagination. That the God of all that is not only redeems but reveals His mysteries and presence to mite-sized people is almost more than the human mind can at first receive. [1]

As Christmas morning draws near, let us be ready for sacred moments when the Father gives power to grasp His Son’s coming.  This power is often subtle and unexpected and must be embraced in order to fully receive what He is giving.  Whether a gift of tears, an impulse to sing, a conviction to repent, or a prompting to extend His love to another, our believing hearts respond to these simple movements of His power.  We cannot choose to grasp the reality of Immanuel, but we can choose to believe as His power opens our hearts and minds.  Let us be ready to receive Him, for He is coming!  Alleluia!
Holy Father, Son and Spirit, Glory to You in the highest!  Come in power, make us keen to respond and ready to believe. Bless our liturgies, our celebrations, and every good ritual and symbol of Christmas with Your radiant presence.  Thank you for granting us the power only You can give, that we might be taken higher up and deeper in to Your incarnation.  We long for You, we praise You, we love You, for You have loved us and brought us into Your love.  

[1] Leanne Payne, Listening Prayer (Grand Rapids, Hamewith Books, 1994), 43.
Painting:  Nicolas Poussin, 1653, Nativity [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Meditation prepared by Sarah Colyn, drawing on the books and ministry of Leanne Payne.