Advent Ann Voskamp

The Celebration: Day 2

Day 2

Created by Love



Today’s reading:  Genesis 1:1-5, 26-27

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.  And the spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.  The God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good.  Then He separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”…God said, “Let us make human being in our image, to be like us.  They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the grounds.”  So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them;  male and female he created them.

The story of Christmas started long before a baby in a manger because Jesus existed before time. Since God knows no beginning, He is the beginning and the end, then Christmas has  been a gift sitting in time, waiting to be unwrapped.

Before you were a twinkle in your mothers eye, the holy trinity was waiting to breath life into your dusty body.   You were on Gods mind before the world began.

Jesus was there in the beginning!  God said, “Let us make human being in our image.”  Who is “us?”  It is God the father, God the son, and God the holy spirit-the” holy huddle,” filled with perfect love, wisdom, and knowledge,  bent down low, breath kissing the dirt, and breathed life into Adams lungs.

By His word we were created.

Created by a holy God for a holy purpose.

What is this holy purpose we were created for?  To enjoy God.

Yes, God carved out a sacred hollowness in our souls that only He can fill.  The one who knows the depths of our hearts and all the shadows that exist within, went to the depths of our sin to rescue us, so that He can says this is “Mine!”

Created by God, for God.  The echo of our hollowness only ceases when we find rest in Christ,  or to put it differently, when we are delighting in God.

The soul desires to be full.  IT WAS CREATED FOR THIS PURPOSE!

God always fills emptiness.

With His word, God spoke light into darkness.

Light filled the darkness.

God filled the earth with life.

Christ came to earth and His fragile body filled a tiny manger.  Light filled the darkness.

Deity filled humanity by taking upon our sin, rejection and disease.

If only empty creatures could see to bring themselves to their Creator to find fullness!

Creation gets it.  The trees bend at His voice, the thunderous cymbals of the sky crash at His command, the oceans pull back with the tide and summer falls into winter.   Creation testifies of a glorious God that fills, and if you take a look outside the window, you can almost  here the faint hum of a Hallellujah chorus.

One can stand gazing at mountains that touch the sky but cannot grasp their height.  One may look out into oceans that span through the horizon but not know its depth. God holds these landscapes in the palm of his hand.  He is infinatley larger… endless…remember…He has no beginning and no end.

What human eye can grasp the height or depth of his character? To think that one can fully know and enjoy God here is pride and belittles His glory….However, to refuse to enjoy Him here on earth fails to bring Him glory.

Shouldn’t we be discontent with standing on the shore line and wading in the puddles when there is an entire ocean to get lost in and is calling us in to experience greater waves of His graces!  There is more of God to enjoy.

The one who created our hearts is worthy of our every breath.  He puts His finger over all of the Universe, all of  our souls,  every area of our lives, every treasure we have and says this is “Mine.”

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How do you know God loves you?  (question borrowed from Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping  the Greatest Gift)

What about creation makes you go, “wow!”

How can set our hearts towards enjoying God this season?  What keeps us from enjoying God?

I think…. today the kids and I are going to create some cards and then give them to someone special as a gift/ reminder of Gods love.  I would love to hear your ideas!


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