Ancient Wisdom: December 22, 2013 (Year A)

Read: Isaiah 7:10-16

Meditation:  Immanuel

One of my favorite musicians is Michael Card.  He is truly a musical theologian, and his song, “Immanuel,” is a mountain peak in the range of ancient and modern music concerning Christ.  I hope you will take the time to listen to it as we draw near to Christmas Day.  You can find it easily on You Tube.

It is the message par excellence in Advent–the last word before we come to Christmas. 

God with us.  Not God behind us, so that we must long for some spiritual version of “the good old days.”  Not God ahead of us, so that we can never see today as “good enough.”

No…none of that, but rather the only message that will do:’God with us!”  The present moment is sacred; we need not look for any other.  Our lives are encircled by Christ, so that whether we look backward or forward, we see him.  The Alpha and Omega has (as Eugene Petetson has translated it in The Message) “moved into the neighborhood” (John 1:14).

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Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books.
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One Response to Ancient Wisdom: December 22, 2013 (Year A)

  1. mary Kehoe says:

    I love to listen to Michael Card also…have read his books and attended his concerts….truly a gifted child of God. I am glad you reminded me of this. I used it with Time Out With God, one of my FB pages I manage. THX.

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