Friday, December 24, 2010

Out of the ordinary…

One does not always have to wait for something out of the ordinary. The all-important thing is to keep your eyes on what comes from God and to make way for it to come into being here on the earth. If you always try to be heavenly and spiritually minded, you won't understand the everyday work God has for you to do. But if you embrace what is to come from God, if you live for Christ's coming in practical life, you will learn that divine things can be experienced here and now, things quite different from what our human brains can ever imagine.

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Action in Waiting, with thanks to inward/outward

And wasn’t the birth of a son to a young Jewish girl, miles from home on a trip to register for the occupying power’s census, just the most ordinary event, devoid of dignity or ceremony, even of the distinction of marriage? Wasn’t the place all part of it, a cramped and smelly stable attached to an overcrowded inn? What could be less spiritual, less exalted or rarefied? And yet here, now, the Son of God was born on earth, Emmanuel, God with us, the promised Saviour…

The ancient prophecies were fulfilled, the great day come at last.

But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
   who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
   one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
   from ancient days.

(Micah 5:2)

3 comments:

  1. Blumhardt agrees with Jean-Pierre de Caussade. It gets truly interesting when Jesus Christ also is seen coming with those events in life which I do not particularly like.

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. Thank you, Claire - I confess I've felt like that often enough myself...

    Merry Christmas to you, too!

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  3. For tomorrow...
    Hodie Christus natuus est
    Hodie Salvator apparuit
    Hodie in terra carnut angeli
    Laetantur Achengeli
    Dictentes Gloria in Excelcis Deo
    Alleluia

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