The “Holy One to be born” came from seemingly suspicious origins – Egypt, Nazareth, a suspect lineage, and an unmarried mother. Why would God choose such questionable origins to usher in one who would “save his people from their sins?” What is revealed about God’s character and how he interacts with humanity? Could it be that our expectations, just like Israel, have been misplaced?
Our words are powerful. They speak life and they speak death. Words are powerful because they can be so precise. When the tongue is used in precise ways to speak life it is encouragement. Encouragement acknowledges deep love, confirms deep hope, and affirms deep faith.