The Incarnation of Jesus

The incarnation of Jesus was quite the paradox–how could God exist in humankind’s body? Could man’s body be fit for holding the Person of God? Theologians have wrestled with these questions and more like it for two millenia. William Barclay, a 20th century Scottish theologian, offers these words as a prayer to the Lord. I find it very inspiring and thought you would as well.

“O God, our Father, we remember at this time…
how the eternal Word became flesh and dwelt
among us. We thank you that Jesus took our
human body upon him, so that we can never again
dare to despise or neglect or misuse the body,
since you made it your dwelling-place.

We thank you that Jesus did a day’s work like
any working-man, that he knew the problem of
living together as a family, that he knew the
frustration and irritation of (being in the public eye),
that he had to earn a living, and to face all the
wearing routine of everyday work and life and living,
and so clothed each common task with glory.

We thank you that he shared in all happy social
occasions, that he was at home at weddings and
at dinners and at festivals in the homes of ordinary
people like ourselves. Grant that we may ever remember
that in his unseen presence he is a guest in every home.

We thank you that he knew what friendship means,
that he had his own circle of men whom he wanted to
be with him, that he knew toowhat it means to be
let down, to suffer from disloyalty and from
the failure of love.

We thank you that he too had to bear
unfair criticism, prejudiced
opposition, malicious and deliberate
misunderstanding.

We thank you that whatever happens to us,
he has been there before,
and that, because he himself has
gone through things, he is able
to help those who are going
through them.

Help us never to forget that he knows life,
because he lived life, and that he is with
us at all times to enable us
to live victoriously.

This we ask for your love’s sake, Amen.

—From Prayers for the Christian Year, by William Barclay

May we look to our Lord today and remember that He knows what each of us go through,
David

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