Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 12:5-6)
God is as close as our breath and farther than the distant stars. You can feel God in the depth of your being, in the gentle breath passing in and out of you this moment, in the welcome smile of loving welcome and the sparkle of love in another’s eyes.
And yet, what can hold God? For God is more immense than the universe, present in all places in every moment.
The Holy One is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. And, dear friend, you are at the center of that circle of warmth and care, and you always will be.
Can you take this in?
Of course not. No one can totally grasp it, but this is what our faith tells us is true of God. Transcendent and immanent are the two words Christian theology has long used to label God’s great beyond-ness and God’s intimate closeness.
God is great, transcendent, above and beyond every idea or description we can employ to describe the Holy One. At the same time, God is also here, in our midst, in this moment, in me and you and every single situation we shall ever enter.
At Christmas we see the transcendent God, who is beyond our every imagination, become one of us, close, that we may know the joy of seeing, touching and loving the Great Near One.
Rejoice, Love is near. Always.
Pr. David L. Miller