By Shannon Youell
God-With-Us. Incarnated. Spirit takes on flesh. The Lord is born to earth. Christ.
All the Christmas stories have now been re-told. The waiting, the expectation has come.
As sure as the sun will rise in the sky each morning
As sure as the God-With-Us Son walks with us,
In the midst of human-living in dark places where grief, despair, desperation dwell
in hollowed hidden crevices,
Light has come to define these deepest sorrows to shadow
For on earth there is peace to all peoples
On whom God’s heart is resting.
The tender mercy of God
Filling the hungry with good things,
Lifting up the humble, the rejected, the excluded
Restoring to creation intention the God-With-Us
Glory of Created walking in the cool of the day with Creator
In Thy will on earth splendor
Christ the Savior present – With-Us –
Guiding the weary to green pastures, quiet waters
Restoring souls, hearts, hope, joy
For on earth there is peace that God-With-us-Will-Never-Leave-Us
For darkness is but a shadow
Waiting for the light
Light of the world
Merry Christmas from CBWC Church Planting!