This year we’re using Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp for our family Advent reading. We’ve used her free devotional (or my own paraphrase of it) for several years, and we’re still using her free ornaments along with our homemade felt Jesse Tree this year. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of Voskamp’s writing style, though I almost always really love her message. Last night we read the December 8th devotional (because, as usual, we’re behind 🙂 ), and I absolutely loved it. The scripture reference was from Genesis 28 where Jacob dreams of the ladder from heaven. This is how Voskamp relates it to Advent:
See, Jesus doesn’t just come down to show you the steps you have to take to get up to heaven–Jesus comes down and makes Himself into the steps to carry you up to heaven.
Everybody else may tell you the steps you have to take to get better. But Jesus is the only One who becomes the step to take you there Himself–because He loves you already, just as you are.
Jesus doesn’t wait for you to be good; He comes to be with us who are having very awful, miserable, no-good days right now. Jesus comes to carry us who are feeling mad and bad and sad and anything but glad, and He left heaven to be with us who feel left out. Jesus comes to us who seem to get every step wrong–He becomes the step just to get us. (51)
That’s Good News.