Please give a warm welcome to my dear friend and fellow blogger, Corinne Rodriguez, as my guest writer today. Corinne's blog, everydaygyaan.com, is ever inspirational and thought-provoking. I hope you will visit her there after meeting her here!
I am always inspired by Martha's writing and her gentle and loving manner. I'm honored to share my reflections here today as I give special thanks for the gift of Martha's friendship to me. ~Corinne
The shepherds were going about their routine when they were interrupted by the message of Christmas. "God is with us!" the angels proclaimed. And, they hurried, just as they were, to find that the message was indeed true.
The Wise Men, too, were probably going about their routine when they saw a star in the East and followed it. They kept following that star until it rested over the place where God, in the form of a baby, lay.
Most of the Israelites expected the Messiah to be extraordinary. They longed for a Messiah who would act decisively on their behalf and ease them of their misery. But, there He was, a helpless babe - like every one of us has been. His parents were ordinary people, too, and he chose to work as a carpenter. How could this carpenter-turned-preacher and healer be the Messiah, they wondered?
And, they refused to believe . . .
The most precious part of the Christmas message is Emmanuel - God With Us. Through the work we are called to do and in our "ordinariness", we can experience God. It never ceases to amaze me that God is so infinitely interested in the ordinariness and routine of our daily lives. We don't have to try and reach for God. He has reached for us. All we need to do is be aware of His presence. Right here. Right now.
I recall the beautiful words of Rabindranath Tagore from his masterpiece, Gitanjali:
He is there where the tiller is tilling the hard ground and where the path maker is breaking stones.
He is with them in sun and shower, and his garment is covered with dust . . .
Meet him and stand by him in toil and in sweat of thy brow.
In this season of Advent, I believe that we are called to become more aware of our Emmanuel, God With Us, today and every day.