Daily Food – December 2

An early gift

Just as the LORD had said, he took care of Sarah and kept his promise to her. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age. This happened at the time announced by God. – Genesis 21: 1-2

Are you having a hard time waiting for Christmas? This is just the first week of Advent! If we want to experience a “Radical Advent”, remembering the hundreds of years that God’s people had to wait, we have to wait much longer.

Abraham (formerly Abram) and Sarah (formerly Sarai) had not been waiting a month or a year, or not even a lifetime. They were part of God’s people who had been waiting since Adam and Eve. And now God gives Sarah a gift, but not the gift. Not yet.

After assembling the tree and putting some presents under it, our children began to beg, “Can we open just one gift? Please?” You may not agree, but sometimes we allow them to open a gift early. And when we said, “Okay, but only one,” they laughed and clapped, and ran to the little tree. Like Sara, they were filled with joy and laughter at the prospect of discovering what the secret gift was. But, also like Sara, they knew that this was not the true gift. The “big gift” wasn’t going to be under the tree yet – just a small one that would be a sample of what was to come next.

“God has made me laugh,” Sara said after Isaac was born. We too have experienced wonderful gifts from God. But if these fleeting things can give us so much joy, imagine how magnificent will be God’s supreme gift, the Savior, who will come again for us.

PRAYER:  Lord, fill my heart with joy to see your gifts today, and with the desire to see your great Gift that is to come. Amen.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Food – December 2

  1. A believer in Christ’s unmistakable miracles, I like to think of Jesus as having occasionally enjoyed a belly-shaking laugh over a good, albeit clean, joke with his disciples, rather than always being the stoically serious type of savior.

    I find even greater hope in a creator who has a great sense of humor rather than foremost a fire-and-brimstone bad temper.

    I sometimes wonder how many potential Christians have felt repelled from the faith altogether due to the vocal angry-God-condemnation brand of the religion, perhaps which more resembles the God of the Jehovah’s Witness faith, Quran and Torah.

    Our collective human need for retributive ‘justice’—regardless of Christ (and great spiritual leaders) having emphasized unconditional forgiveness—may be intrinsically linked to the same unfortunate morally-flawed aspect of humankind that enables the most horrible acts of violent cruelty to readily occur on this planet.

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