Advent 2022: Wednesday, December 21

December 21, 2022

“And He appeared, and the soul felt it’s worth.”

This might be my favorite line of any Christmas carol. It so simply and profoundly describes the amazing power of the Spirit of God. The human soul can only truly feel it’s worth in God’s presence. Only when we seek God, look for him, invite him in, embrace him! Then, we feel our own soul’s worth and value.  

We live in a world where we humans are searching for our worth in ways that have no spiritual basis, but are affirmed and encouraged by earthly thinking, earthly desires and aspirations, earthly comparisons. I’m trying to think if my soul ever felt it’s worth after a day of toil, of struggle to comply or compete or compare or measure up. Have I ever done a day-end soul check?  Nope. Never have.

Many of us struggle to understand the size of God’s love for us. The mystery of God is, well, a mystery! How can I have worth to the Creator of the Universe, when my worth and value don’t measure up in my own neighborhood, workplace, family, or my very physical, present, and right-here-right-now world? 

Because God says I have worth. He wants to show it to me, because he knows it is the only way I will know.

“And He appeared, and the soul felt it’s worth.” That’s enough for me.

(By the way, my second favorite Christmas song is “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” It just cracks me up. Maybe God’s laughing a bit, too?)

Jude Mitchell, church lady