The Other Side of Christmas: December 22

The Wonder and the Glory      

December 22, 2019
by Heather Ulstad                

John 1:14 (NIV)  
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

“Glory” (noun):  high renown or honor won by notable achievements; magnificence or great beauty; biblically, the manifestation of God’s presence as perceived by humans
I’m the type of person who gazes up at a night sky and gets lost in the vastness and the mystery out there. Such a huge universe, and here I am, on this little rock rotating around a star. I’m so small, yet I was created and am known by my Creator. An item is assigned value by who made it (the quality of the craftsman) and who desires it (demand). You are both designed by AND desired by God of the universe, Creator of all things. I can’t think of a higher value that can be assigned to anything.  
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

Of all the places in all creation, Jesus came to this little rock to show Himself to us. That shakes me. It humbles me. It makes my tummy do an excited little flip-flop, because the Creator of all things loved ME enough to come HERE and reveal Himself to me. It’s what He desires: to be known by us.  
I John 4: 8-9 (NIV) reads, “...because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”  
Love became flesh and blood on Christmas Day, and that’s a majesty and a mystery to be revered for all of our days. 
As we approach Christmas Day, focus on the wonder and joy you can find by seeing how much God loves you, how much you matter to Him. Tell God every day how much you value His love and that, by His gift of Jesus, we can approach Him and one day enjoy His presence in its full glory. 
Jesus, may we always keep close the joy of Your presence.  Thank You for revealing the glory of Your love for us in Your coming to Earth to reach us and eventually die for us.  Let the magnitude of that love never leave us. In Your name, amen.

About the author:
Heather Ulstad  
Heather is originally from Detroit, MI and has been living in Virginia for ten years. She and her family have attended Stafford Crossing since 2013.