“I am the Lord, and I do not change; and you, children of Jacob, have not perished.” (Malachi 3:6, Common English Bible)
From Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s “The Coming of Jesus in Our Midst”:
We have become so accustomed to the idea of divine love and of God’s coming at Christmas that we no longer feel the shiver of fear that God’s coming should arouse in us. We are indifferent to the message, taking only the pleasant and agreeable out of it and forgetting the serious aspect, that the God of the world draws near to the people of our little earth and lays claim to us.
God does not change.
No matter what we go through, no matter what we do, God is always present. God is loving and graceful.
So, why don’t we always feel God around us? If God does not change, than what’s up? Why don’t we feel God’s presence more often?
Maybe we need to take a look inside our own hearts. What has changed with us?
During Advent we prepared and waited for the coming of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us. We call this the incarnation – God with skin. Sometimes we wonder where did God go, but the answer is where did we go?
This week, be on the look out for God.
God is with us always. Journal about where you experienced God today.
Holy God, Emmanuel, God with us, thank you for being present in our lives all the time. Help us to stay close to you. Open our eyes to see your glory and your work in our lives. Amen.