“God has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us,
in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.”
The preparation for Christmas begins long before the season of Advent: it is part of my daily bread, feeding me when I am empty, illuminating this world of darkness we all inhabit.
The Lord in heaven and the Son who comes to earth shows me relentless, unstoppable, inescapable, inevitable, unavoidable, irrevocable, unalterable, unceasing love.
It has always been, is now, and always will be an intolerable compliment as nothing I have done warrants such a gift.
I’m discovering what it means to slow down and rest in Him by accepting and receiving such a gift of grace. I need inexorability too –nonstop and continuously through the Holy Spirit– in my own expressions of gratitude, forgiveness, and loving.
Never ending and unrelenting —
not just one day out of the year,
not just one month of Advent,
not just one year of my life,
but every single day I live and breathe,
I gratefully say:
Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
for coming to dwell among us bringing Light to the darkness.