Christmas tells the story of an incarnation. We see this beautifully told in the beginning of the gospel of John where the Word that was with God started a journey of entering into our world in a new way, as one of us.
But this is the second incarnation. The first incarnation, the first injection of God into our world came all the way back at the beginning when God and the Word began the good work of creation. Genesis opens with God swishing about over a formless earth and deep dark sea. With rolled up sleeves, so to speak, God began to bring order to the chaos.
Into what we call nature, God left the fingerprints of his nature - order, form, function, purpose, beauty and majesty. If we look hard enough, we can see the story of God written not by words, but in the very heavens and earth itself, and it is good.
It is into this work that we find ourselves, tasked to carry on the mission, to remember and tell the story of the first incarnation. To remember and tell the story of the second incarnation. And to continue the work of bringing order out of the chaos. As the words of the poet Jonathan Larson remind us “The opposite of war isn’t peace; its creation.” We are not simply tasked to bring about an absence of conflict, but rather the thriving that comes from order, purpose and beauty.
In this season, as we await the next incarnation, the one that brings the completion of God’s vision for the world - focus on the what the first two incarnations mean to us as advent people.
VERSE: Genesis 1:1-3 - 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Prayer: O God of creation, as you once surveyed the formless void and darkest sea and saw potential, help us to see the possibilities that lie before us. Help us to remember back to what you have done and to remember forward what you promised you will do. And remind us once more that we are agents of creation, reflecting you and your perfect nature.