“The word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” This is such a vivid picture of the incarnation: Jesus our neighbor, whom we might find at his workbench, or in the garden, or coming and going a few units down in the apartment building. The Message translation continues, “We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” Can you imagine the glory of God in your neighborhood, generous and true?
Each week in Advent we have been praying for a different neighborhood. First it was West Campus, then our potential new Eastside property last Sunday. Tomorrow it will be the neighborhoods of our own homes, followed by the neighborhood of Church of Christ Our Peace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Our hope is that God’s people, the body of Christ, will move into these neighborhoods displaying God’s glory, “generous inside and out, true from start to finish.”
Behind the glass panes of each window we pass on our streets are people with hopes and longings, pain and loneliness, questions and heartache. More than they might realize, their Healer and Redeemer came, comes now, and will come. Let’s keep loving our neighbors as ourselves and praying for them. Is there a neighbor that you might be able to invite to our Christmas Eve service, or otherwise reach out to during the holidays for whom this season might be painful?
Peace on Earth,
PS We have an update this Sunday regarding our potential new church neighborhood in East Austin. Join us!