The Father Always with the Son
22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was constantly at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.
By Valerie Swett Nigh
In these verses, the speaker tells of being present throughout creation, rejoicing in God, participating in the process, and “delighting in mankind”. The passage calls to mind the beginning of the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
This is the same Son who assumed a human body and personality in the baby Jesus. For me, this is the magic of Christmas. The tinsel, the gifts and the parties are fun, but the real meaning is the incomprehensible fact that the Creator of the Universe came to Earth – that he cared enough for each of us to participate in our human experience and to redeem us from our sin and corruption. I can never contemplate this without being amazed all over again.
Christina Georgina Rossetti had better words for it than do I:
“Love Came Down at Christmas”
Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.