Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
         and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
         which means, “God is with us.”

                  —Matthew 1.23

Forget all the fancy theories of salvation,
how this birth will be the latchkey
to our otherwise impossible forgiveness.
No, it is much more simple.

God wants to be with us.
That’s all.
Messed up as we are,
the Beloved likes to be close.

God desires to be with you,
delights to be with you.
Our Heavenly Lover delights
to be with all humanity,
because that’s what love is like.

All the stars in the darkness,
all the aching hearts,
the strangers who,
after all, are lovely,
all of this marvel
is just the divine plea
for friends.

How simple it is
to give God
immense pleasure!

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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