When heaven watched ~ Advent 2017
"For nothing will be impossible with God."
~ Luke 1:37
While we rush around on this day before Christmas, after several Christmas programs, parties, and the non-stop commercials packed with gift ideas, we are reminded on this day that there was a young girl about to give birth with no where to rest.
So often we get wrapped up in the angel announcing that Mary is to give birth, and that we think about all the noise the heavens are making about the time that Jesus is born, but we forget these words shared, "With God nothing is impossible."
It's no secret, I love to write. At times my mind overflows with so many thoughts that at night I will lay awake and think of how to put some thoughts into words, and then struggle to decide whether it is relevant or makes sense.
At times it overwhelms me, and I wish that I could just tell it to stop. I know that when one is passionate about something, then that "something" can consume the person.
I can only imagine the centuries that God must have thought over and over what God could do to bring the creation closer again to the Creator.
So many things had been attempted already. When you consider the initial garden all that has followed, everything has been created in order to develop and nurture that relationship.
I find it absolutely amazing to think that the Creator then decides to enter the creation through Jesus in order to make the greatest effort to bring the creation closer.
While we know that when the birth occurs, all of heaven rejoices, but on this day, all those years ago, I have to believe that heaven was watching and holding it's breath.
My father tells the story of my birth like that of a seasoned narrator. He watched over a dozen fathers come and go before the doctor brought him news of my birth. Complications made my birth a process that lasted for more than a day. To this day I carry the scars of that day, and that process.
While we don't know what Mary's birth was like, we do know that finding the place for Jesus to be born was filled with so many unknowns. Knocking on doors, being turned away time and time again, and then, being given a small space among the animals that served those that owned them.
Heaven must have stopped, watched, and waited.
"Nothing is impossible with God," get's overtaken by the words, "Fear not!"
While we are surrounded by the events of Christmas Eve, and the story of the birth, we must remember that none of this would have been possible without first acknowledging that without God, none of this would have been possible.
Stay in God's grip, as we watch, and as we wait...
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.