Wednesday 12 April
The incarnation is not just for Christmas! Jesus tells his disciples to remember his presence, his words actions and his very love each time we eat a meal in His name. In church that means bread and wine, but at home or with a friend is a time to look across a table and know that Jesus did the same, the night before he was betrayed. In his life, his real life, he ate and shared and told us to do likewise.
Question: Across a table, over a meal, what is it you do that was the same for Jesus. He said ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’
Where will you take that thought today?
Prayer: Teach me to repeat your actions as I eat and as I share your life with others, help me to pray in the ordinary actions of this day and all in remembrance of your incarnate life. Amen
Posted in Holy Week, Lent, Observation, Reflection
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Wednesday 21 December
How stories fire the imagination. Old classics be they fairy tales or myths from legend. Expressions of humanity that underline significant desires to recognise the good, the potential and positives of life and our desire for them to be ‘right’.
A fine story sets the scene, sets down markers for us to equate ourselves alongside. Place, people and character information give us a sense of the narrative and make the whole tale personal to us.
When you look at Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth all these elements are laid out for us. The incarnation needs a place, a cast of characters and some background.
We all know the traditional birth narrative. It is close to our hearts in its simplicity, but its familiarity may hide the stark and most important facts.
Looking with new eyes – within eternity God chose to place Jesus in a small town in Israel at a particular point in that country’s history. He was born to a specific mother in an unconventional family for the time. This birth was not heralded in a royal court, but in some dark, similarly insignificant countryside.
If there, if then, if……then why not to me, here in my unworthy circumstance.
That is the amazing point of the incarnation, it speaks of new possibilities.
As I read or hear the Christmas story anew, may I see, my I know the desire of God to be a part of my existence and the lives of those among whom I move. God of entity you are ultimately the God of an infinite number of moments in time when you break into the human state. In Jesus, in me and in my neighbour. Grant me grace to live as part of your story. Amen
Posted in Advent, Advent thoughts, Bible text, Christmas, Observation, Reflection
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Tuesday 1 March
Incarnation theology is all about God sharing our time. Within this theology is an understanding of being a friend of God.
In the Old Testament, Abraham can be seen as the first friend of God. In the New Testament Lazarus a friend of Jesus. (One of David Bowie’s releases was called ‘Lazarus’).
Robin Gamble talk of Jesus being an overwhelming friend of others then and now. While religion tries to avoid the world, Jesus was involved, is involved through his being our grace friend – a two way relationship!
Thursday 7th January
Can you remember the moment someone just loved you for yourself. That flash of light moment when it is said two worlds collide and you are safe within another’s care?
Such an expense can be a very human experience or epiphany.
But then some have to sink to the lowest point in their live to realise that God in Jesus makes the same commitment to us. Look for God, look for his incarnated love this New Year.
A moment when two worlds collide and you are safe within another’s care?
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