Through the power of incarnation, the Christ energy became visible, and comes to fruition as the person Jesus of Nazareth, born as a helpless baby to a poor couple in a backwater town. This idea is so huge it is almost preposterous. If it were written as science fiction you would most likely laugh it off as too out-there to take seriously. But it’s the basic idea our faith is built on, this idea of a God so intent on achieving a oneness with humanity that God enters into its history and erases the boundaries between the infinite and the limited, the thinker and the thought.
—Melissa Tidwell, Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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For in [Christ] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
—Colossians 1:19-20 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Light of the world, who made all things, speak me
afresh that I might not only hear your word and receive
your essence, but also embody the word you have spoken
in me. Amen.
Prayer by Melissa Tidwell
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