Notes from Jan

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December 12, 2016


Some come, like weapons, hurled with intent to wound, divide, confuse; others,  pacify, instruct, encourage.  Whatever the intent, words matter.

Nothing matters more than what we choose to do with  The Word  that “became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” (from John 1 in the Message)

How does one grasp,even an inkling of what this means?  Emmanuel. God with us.  Every creche we set-up at Christmas holds The Word, Jesus, a baby in a manger.  As J.I. Packer wrote, “God became man…the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than lie and stare and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child…”


The Word that spoke the world into being, “Everything was created through him; nothing–not one thing!–came into being without him.”(John 1 in the Message)


The Word needed to be taught to speak.

Ma ma.

Da da.

Ham mer.



Tim Keller wrote, “God is infinitely loving.  He knows we could never climb up to him, so he has come down to us…He doesn’t send someone; he doesn’t send a committee report or a preacher to tell you how to save yourself.  He comes himself to fetch us.

“Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand;

Set your minds on things eternal, for with blessing in his hand

Christ our God to earth descended, come our homage to command.”

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  • Reply Dale Lefever December 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that words matter and God’s Words matter most – Abba Father brings great comfort.

    Blessings, Dale

  • Reply wendy lane December 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    So thankful He came, and comes, to fetch us. <3

  • Reply susan mcmullen December 13, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Thank you. Jan and a truly Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Faith Wright December 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    A perfect expression of Advent, Jan — bringing The Word, the babe, straight to our hearts.
    I am sharing your words with far flung friends.

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