• Clarice Aeby

God came near

I packed Max Lucado’s book, God Came Near, when I traveled, literally, around the world in six days. Two powerful words stuck with me, but I’ll share those with you another time.

Today I held that same book as I sat between my Christmas tree and my small manger scene. Candles flickered, and my soul hungered to witness His majesty in a new way.

I started taking notes when I read the first and last of a paragraph about Jesus’ birth:

“A more lowly place of birth could not exist. Off to one side sat a group of shepherds…. God goes to those who have time to hear him – so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.”

I paused to slightly turn the manger scene so I could look directly inside. Worshipping the King of Kings feels familiar. But worshipping a Baby -- well, unusual for me. In my mind’s eye, Jesus is always grown up. This moment took me to a different place.

And I spent time really thinking about why Jesus chose to enter humanity.

I sensed His Whisper, not less real because it wasn’t words in the open air.

“I came near so you’d know I understand where you are this Christmas.

I see you…

Wrapping gifts for your six precious grandchildren.

I also loved when children gathered around me.

I see your pain in learning a loved one’s

cancer just returned with vengeance.

I also had loved ones who were ill.

I know you’ve had passing thoughts that

this Christmas might be your last with your dear Mom.

I also separated from my Mother for a time.

I came near, not so that I could understand, but so that you would know I understand.

I’ve always known my creation… ”I have searched you and known you”

(Psalm 139:1).

One reason I chose to enter the human family is so you’d know I know.”

Ah… “God goes to those who have time to listen.” I’m so grateful for these quiet moments recognizing

God Came Near.

Pull up a chair and sit still

PHOTO: Josh Willink from Pexels

Will you accept God’s grace to be as still as the shepherds, so you, too, might hear His Whisper to you this Christmas? Like me you might be surprised by a wonderful truth you now see more clearly.

May the Lord bless you this Christmas as you look at the Babe in the manger, or the stars in the sky or grateful worshippers. Thanks for sharing a few moments with me.

Thanks for sitting still with me today.

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