The Relationship Between Panting and Christmas

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  Psalm 42:1

If my heart longs for God as the Psalmist’s does, then the coming of Jesus has huge ramifications for me.  Jesus is God and all of my longings are satisfied in the coming of the Messiah.

My soul pants for a God who came near as my Emmanuel.

My soul pants for a God who was vulnerable enough to become a baby, only to suffer before saving.

My soul pants for a God who, at 30, saw hypocrisy and hard-hearted rebellion in the religious elite and confronted it head on.

My soul pants for a God who, when presented with a woman caught in adultery, extended forgiveness and love instead of condemnation.

My soul pants for a God who was powerful enough to offer up His life when it was heaven’s time.  He was not a victim, but a triumphant Victor.

My soul pants for a God who told me the truth about my sin so that I could find the joy of forgiveness and the exhilaration of love given without any conditions.

My soul pants for a God who was born to serve through suffering, not to rule through intimidation.

My soul pants for a God who called me friend, not enemy.  Bride, not harlot.  Forgiven, not condemned.  Free, not enslaved.  Loved, not spurned.

My soul pants for You, O God.  In Jesus name, Amen

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3 thoughts on “The Relationship Between Panting and Christmas

  1. Hi ‘Ive been trying to locate a christmas song I believe I heard you sing a few years ago. The song is about a manager scene and the shepherd had been moved.He is wanting to move closer to the child. I fell in love with the song and haven’ t understood why I haven’t heard it lately.

  2. You, dear Christine. are beautifully filling the pages with your heavenly insight. A heart that truly converses with our One True God. As I read your love letter about His great love for us, I worship~As He lives in us and we in Him, our world is filled with the Light from Heaven! He has come so that we may have life, as we journey through and wait for His Return~
    Merry Christmas!

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