II Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16; Psalms 89:2-5,27-29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
A magazine advertisement for a certain automobile part depicted a very big, macho-type man with huge muscles bulging out of his t-shirt. In his arms he gently coddled a tiny baby. In bold type the advertising slogan read,
ìSo powerful, but oh so gentle.î
John the Baptist announced the imminent coming of the Messiah. A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people who were beginning to think that John himself might be the Christ. So John declared before them all, ìSomeone is coming, Someone who is more powerful than I am … He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fireî (Lk. 3:16).
To help us prepare for our annual celebration of the coming of that powerful Someone, it will be helpful to reflect on Godís Grace and Godís abiding Presence in our world and in our individual lives. Thus, we recall that this Gracious God is calling us into a life-affirming union with Him. That this blessed union with God is the…
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