So long as we imagine it is we who have to look for God, we must often lose heart. But it is the other way about – he is looking for us.
Simon Tugwell, Prayer
Isn’t this the heartening hope, the deep gladness of Advent? It’s not up to us; this salvation business doesn’t depend on you or me. Ever since Adam and Eve, we’ve been evading and avoiding God but in Jesus God has come in search of us.
This is who you are, your identity – sought after. The prophet Isaiah says: “They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After.” (62:12).
Today, enjoy the Advent reminder that we have always been known, loved and desired from eternity, that God has turned his face towards, seeking us out not with malice or judgement but with the shining eyes of grace.