Advent Reflections: Immanuel

Claude Monet
1840-1926
Impressionist painter and caricaturist
Apple Trees In Blossom
Oil on canvas

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“I’ve brainwashed myself with the Gospel.” — Stacy Sweeney

The marvelous news of the Gospel is that God has come down to live with human beings, in close proximity, again. God takes away our separation, and reconciles the world unto himself. And the angels sing, “And on Earth, Peace, Good Will Toward Men”

I’m talking about a different kind of ßelieving – the love of God for human beings. You have to ßelieve God is that good. We don’t have to wait on the Second Advent for Christ to be with us. Immanuel has never been changed since Jesus came down to Bethlehem.

Immanuel, communicating in a remote, intangible way. Do you have anything better than that? It only lacks reality because we don’t keep it that way. Read The Lord’s Prayer @ John 17. “I in them and thou in me.”

Immanuel

Of course you want to live
you want to live in all of us
your mission was to be with us
you desire to be with us

bearing in our body temples
you choose to be with us
not just a building
so don’t get full and bust

You live in my midst
not on the fringes
not in the garden
not on a mountain
not by a fire
not in a cloud

I to the fountain run
shine like the morning sun
a love that suffers long and is kind
as if you suddenly changed your mind

refine me, purify me
the traffic in my heart
with heavy heat and strong agencies
holy spots set apart

silver and spice
under all that beaten gold vice
give me presence all the time
presence all the time

I to the fountain run
shine like the morning sun
a love that suffers long and is kind
as if you suddenly changed your mind

~ §tacy §weeney