“Found to Be with Child”
Perhaps we should not be surprised when God chooses to come to us; perhaps we should expect for Christ to come to make his home in us.
Perhaps, though, we should be ready to be surprised at the ways God chooses to come to us; perhaps we should expect to be shocked and overwhelmed at the ways in which Christ comes to make his home in us.
Forgive us, Lord, for our failure to expect your coming to us; lead us always to be on the lookout for your coming.
Forgive us, Lord, for our arrogant assumptions about how you will or even must come to us; lead us always to be open to your surprising and even shocking ways of approach and entry into our lives.
If we look, we will find you; if we look from a different angle, we may find you in a different way.
Amaze us, O God—and make us ready to be amazed.
“Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18).