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Chaplaincy

Friday, Second Week of Advent
December 11, 2009

"But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God."
--John 1:12

The Suffering of Love

"Untethered by time, God sees us all... And he loves what he sees. Flooded by emotion. Overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly. I'm aware that someday you'll turn from me and walk away. But I want you to know, I've already provided a way back.'

And to prove it, he did something extraordinary.  Stepping from the throne, he removed his robe of light and wrapped himself in skin: pigmented, human skin.  The light of the universe entered a dark, wet womb.  He whom angels worship nestled himself in the placenta of a peasant, was birthed into a cold night, and then slept on cow's hay.

Mary didn't know whether to give him milk or give him praise, but she gave him both since he was, as near as she could figure, hungry and holy...

'Can anything make me stop loving you?' God asks. Watch me speak your language, sleep on your earth, and feel your hurts. Behold the maker of sight and sounds as he sneezes, coughs, and blows his nose. You wonder if I understand how you feel? Look into the dancing eyes of the kid in Nazareth: that's God walking to school. Ponder the toddler at Mary's table: that's God spilling his milk.

You wonder how long my love will last? Find your answer on a splintered cross, on a craggy hill. That's me you see up there, your maker, your God, nail-stabbed and bleeding. Covered in spit and sin-soaked.

'That's your sin I'm feeling. That's your death I'm dying. That's your resurrection I'm living. That's how much I love you.' "

Excerpts from Max Lucado, One Incredible Moment: Celebrating the Majesty of the Manger (Nashville: J. Countryman, 2001).
--Offered by Sharon Rivera, Assistant Professor of Government