Love not just sent but birthed

Christmas Cards


The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14


I’m expecting any day now to start getting Christmas cards from those crazy families who live in a parallel universe and are not only able to capture perfectly smiling family photos but also get them in the mail by the beginning of December.

I have never been, and will never be, that mom.

But I do appreciate receiving updates. The photos and letters are something more than what I receive through Facebook status scrolls. They are not a passive sharing to anyone who happens to see. These cards are an active reaching out, a conscious choice to send something to someone cared about.

Throughout history, God consciously sent His Word to His people. He sent His message through the priests and poets and prophets of ancient Israel. But eventually the time came when sending His Word through others was not enough. Cards and letters can never substitute for presence.

In Christ, God’s Word became flesh, His Glory put on skin, and His Grace walked among us. God’s Love was not just sent; it was birthed into our world. His Presence is here.


Immanuel, when we long for a word from You, remind us that Your Word has already come. When we search for Your existence, help us feel Your presence here, in us, among us. Thank you for coming here when we needed You. Thank you for being here when we still need You. Amen.


Come and Worship – Bebo Norman

"God with man is now residing."


Noticing Immanuel: a series for Advent. Each day starts with noticing: a picture of an everyday Christmas moment. That picture leads to a verse, a meditation, a prayer, and a song. My hope is that when we see those Christmas moments a second time, they will strike us differently. That we might feel the presence of Immanuel this Christmas season, whether we are sitting in quiet or moving in chaos.