I am writing a letter to introduce myself, but am left with the question, what are you supposed to say about yourself as you meet new people? Is it enough to share the bare facts of your life? A sort of back cover bio where you are the author; “Steve Hayden was born and raised in Chicago, IL but lived in Iowa for 22 years before coming to Georgia. He is married to Linda. They have three adult children; Kate who is a newspaper journalist, Hannah who is a Lutheran DCE, and Christian who is a middle school choral teacher.”
What do you say when you meet someone for the first time? How do you get to know one another? Is there a universal poster like the ones they use in grade school for the first days where you list your favorite foods or favorite things to do? Do you get extra points if you put your poster into a musical song? “I like pina colodas, getting caught in the rain….”
The only way to really get to know someone is to spend time with them, to experience things together. We get to know others, not by the words that we speak about ourselves, but by being with others, listening and watching each other, rejoicing and crying with one another, by truly being with others and sharing our experiences together.
God knows this. When He really wanted us to know about Him, He didn’t just write about Himself but came down and lived with us.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’ ”) 16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. John 1:14-18
God came down in Jesus Christ to make it possible for us to really know who He is, to know how much He loves us. God shares Himself with us, not just in words or pictures, but in real life, truly being present with us and sharing our experience together. He came to live, die and rise again so that we can be not just acquaintances, but sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, children of the same heavenly Father.
Now, however much you don’t know me, you already do know and already are certain of God’s love and presence in Jesus Christ, not by words but because He came in person to let us know Him and call us to be His, because He shared our life, our hurts, our fears and carried them to the cross so that we might have life. We know Him….because He is here!
Pastor at Lake Oconee Lutheran, teller of dad jokes, child of God