Our Advent Devotion for Tuesday, November 30 comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
“Christ is the Word of God who became flesh for us. Through the discipline of the Book, the Word of God can continue to become flesh in us. Reading the Scriptures as God’s most intimate word for us is thus the realization of the incarnation in the concrete reality of our present life.”
--from The Selfless Way of Christ, page 77, by Henri J. M. Nouwen
“The Living Word”
The Bible is not like other books on our shelves. It is a living Word, an ongoing conversation between human beings and God. In this sense, it is not only an ancient story but a contemporary one. The story of God-with-us is still unfolding, from the Garden of Eden to the glory of Revelation. Just as God came to be with us in the human life of Jesus Christ, so God continues to “enflesh” himself in the words of the Bible. This is why the inspired word of Scripture can continue to act in us with the sharpness, liveliness and grace of God himself. God did not deliver his Word and disappear; God continues to dwell with us there.
Our Scriptures “live” among us because they are inspired by God. They have lived through centuries of human history and numerous translations into various languages. They provide wisdom, guidance, and inspiration for us, so that we are empowered to move through the life that God has given to us.
Jesus, Word of God, enlighten us with your Spirit when we read the Bible or hear it proclaimed. Through this living Word, may we be united with you in thought and deed. Amen. by Henri J.M. Nouwen