I will make My home among them. I will be their God, and they will be My people. – (Ezekiel 37:27, NLT)
My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be My people. – (Ezekiel 37:27, NIV)
Long before the arrival of Christ, God had His plan in place to make things right again so that He could dwell among us. Humanity had become so broken and disconnected from God, that the only way to be restored to a right relationship with Him, was through the sending of His Son. This season marks the celebration of Jesus’ arrival; the beginning of the relationship that restored us to our Redeemer. Without Christ, we would be limited to only drawing as near to God as the outer courts of the temple. However, because Christ came, we can invite Him to be Lord of our lives, and He will come and make His home in us and among us. He no longer is God out there, but He is now the Lord who is always near. May we fix our eyes and hearts on Him who came from heaven to earth to make the way for us to know His nearness, both now and forevermore.
From heaven on high,
He came down to dwell;
So people might know,
The hope His life tells.
As we lift our eyes,
To the Lord above;
He calls us His own,
Showers with His love.
Let us fix our gaze,
This holy season;
On Christ born to us,
Our hope and reason.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that it has always been Your plan to dwell among us. Thank You that despite our sinfulness and brokenness, You made the way to restore a right relationship with You through the sending of Your Son. Forgive us for not fixing our eyes on You and the reason for the season, as we get caught up in the chaos of things that “need” to get done. Help us to slow down and settle in, so that we may meditate on the real meaning and the weight of what You have done for us all. Teach us to trust You more, as You alone are worthy of all of our trust. Show us how to love those around us in a way that spreads hope and points them to the path that leads to You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we embrace the treasured gift of Your presence this most sacred season. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; …my hope is in You all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5
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