❝But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.❞ Isaiah 43:1
Reflection by Kathy Moreno
I am amazed at how personal God is. Isaiah says God formed me and calls me by my name. I am his. When I fail, God extends grace and forgiveness, redeeming our relationship. This personal God even became a person, a blood kin. He then extended that kinship to me and made me an heir. How much more personal can it get?
I believe the answer to that is, “as personal as I make it.” How personal am I with God? Is Jesus mine – or am I just his? God lives in me, but do I abide in him? A personal relationship requires intimacy. God has certainly done his part; have I done mine?
Alan Jackson captures this deep personal relationship with God as he sings “Blessed Assurance” from his album Precious Memories linked via the video to the right.
The lyrics for this hymn were written by a blind woman, Fanny Crosby, in 1873 after she heard the melody written by her friend Phoebe Knapp. It speaks of her deeply personal relationship with God, the kind that I want.
Jesus, this Advent, I pray that will be my story. Help me to focus on our story together. May I abide in you every moment of every day, just as you abide in me. And in so doing, may I more fully appreciate the gift of your birth.