who does the kingdom of god belong to? the days count down now to one day, christmas day, advent changes focus to reveal the kingdom. forceful men take it by force – and what force do you know of that can gain entry into god’s kingdom?
going door to door?
counting out the number of this year’s baptisms?
filling a stadium?
i think of john the baptist, alone and jailed, about to end up on a platter, sending word – are you the one? or should we still be waiting? always watching and though he baptized him and saw the dove and heard the voice, things look different when the kingdom doesn’t work out like we thought.
the seeing blind, the walking lame, the clean lepers, the hearing deaf, the risen dead and the wealthy poor. can you find yourself among them? these receivers of gifts are the owners, the ones with the keys to the kingdom.
can it only be given, received with hands that lay open? because every time i reach with the small strength of my own arm and try to grasp wind that i call the holy spirit, i find i’m outside of the banquet, outside of the feast.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
luke 2: 10 – 11
arms that reach for the babe of christmas do not reach in vain. i’m praying for the time to slow these next few days and to enjoy and receive god as he is.
good. humble. able. here with us.