Day 2

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James‬ 1‬:17‬ NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I find so much comfort in this passage. Who wouldn’t dream of receiving “good and perfect gifts?” Who hasn’t marveled at light streaming down from above through broken clouds after a storm has passed? Who doesn’t find peace in the thought of being held by a strength that never shifts or changes but instead is solid as a rock?

So many of the things that give life seem to come down from above. Rain, while it soaks us and sometimes cancels our long-awaited plans, falls from above to nourish our soil, fill our rivers and feed our earth. Sunlight, while it can blind and burn, also feeds our plants and can even power our cities. All of these things, when seen from the human perspective can be mere annoyances, but when seen from the Heavenly perspective they are the very essence of what we need to survive. Likewise, while God‘s love can feel harsh, difficult, and hard to understand at times, in the end it brings life to us and the world around us.

The personification of this love is Jesus Christ. The difference, however, is that Jesus didn’t come from above, descending down to Earth on a cloud or in a chariot. He came from within, choosing to emerge from a mother’s womb as we all do; the most human entrance He could have made. And lucky for us, while he was raised up to sit beside His father, he remains, at the same time, within us all. He came to be with us in this way to separate himself from all of God’s other gifts, those of rain and sun, and to show us that we don’t need to wait for God to pour down on us in order to fully live. We simply need to look within and open our hearts to Him.

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