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by author, Ann Voskamp October 20, 2016
Written by bestelling author Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift is a treasured reminder that it is Christ and Christ alone who endows Christmas with meaning. The Greatest Gift is a timelss treasure your family will enjoy turning to year after year as you celebrate the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Read below for an excerpt from chapter 2…
This Christmas story – it begins in the beginning, this love story that’s been coming for you since the beginning.
It begins with the always coming of Christ.
Christ, who is there in the beginning, the voice calling out of darkness, an echo in cosmic emptiness, speaks it by the commanding word of His mouth: Let there be…
Let there be light and land and living beasts…
But you? You alone were formed by a huddle of hearts: Let us make human beings.
The authority of God made all of creation. But it was the affection of God that made all His children.
The tree persons of the Trinity – Father God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit – gathered closed together to imagine you. And God in three persons, uncontainable affection, knelt down and kissed warm life into you with the breath of His love.
You are made of the dust of this earth, and you are made of the happiness of heaven, and you are flesh and you are spirit, and you are of two worlds longing for the home of forever and Him.
No matter your story before, this is the beginning now: you were formed by Love…for love.
John Calvin, he wrote it like a reviving breath – that every human being is “formed to be a spectator of the created world and given eyes that he might be led to its author… first [to] cast our eyes upon the very beautiful fabric of the world in which [God] wishes to be seen by us… As soon as we acknowledge God to be the supreme architect, who has erected the beauteous fabric of the universe, our minds must necessarily be ravished with wonder at His infinite goodness, wisdom and power.”
Ravished with wonder.
That the earth outside your window is titled right now at just twenty-three degrees. So there are seasons and the vapors of oceans don’t simply amass continents of ice, so the planet’s bulk of six sextillion tons (that’s twenty-one zeros) spins perfectly balanced on an invisible axis, spinning you around at one thousand miles an hour, nine million miles a year. Hurtling you through space even right now in this sun orbit at nineteen miles per second, 600 million miles a year. You, held in this moment by unseen belt of gravity and turning these pages slowly while the miracle happens all around you: “He…poised the earth on nothingness.” (Job 26:7, NJB).
Ravished by an even larger, bigger, more infinite Love.
So go to the window. Go to the hills, the desert, the corner, the back door, and be ravished and taken and awed, and you who were made by Love, made for love – be still and know and watch love come down.
The answer to deep anxiety is the deep adoration of God.
And the greatest gift we can give our great God is to let His love make us glad.
Christmas begins here. The Christmas story, this love story – the whole blue marble of the world spinning right now on the Cross-beam axis of Love.
This is an excerpt from The Greatest Gift written by Ann Voskamp. To purchase this book and dive into the rest of the story, click here.
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Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up as you are already doing.
1 Thess 5:11 CSB