When I don’t understand someone, and when I can’t get them to understand me, I tend to move away. I judge and worry and retreat. I give up on the relationship, at least for a time.
This happens with my husband.
It happens with my best friends.
It happens with my sisters. My parents. My kids.
But when we don’t understand God, God doesn’t retreat. Or give up. Or judge. Or move away.
Instead, God draws near. Love enters in.
God takes the form of a vulnerable human—from the cradle to the cross—so that we can understand the width and depth and height and breadth of God’s unending, relentless, patient and enduring love.
That’s what we celebrate at Christmas. The love that refuses to give up on us. The love that continues to draw near.
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