Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15

There are some great radio programs on when I’m driving to and from school in the mornings. This week I heard Chuck Swindoll talk about God’s gift to us, and specifically the word “indescribable” in Greek. This word, anekdiegeto, had never been used before in any Greek writing. It seems that Paul essentially coined the term. For us word people–and also for all people of the Word, as in Jesus and the Bible–that’s a fascinating discovery. Paul, the man of many words about all things Christ-related, had to make up a new word to say what couldn’t be said!

God’s gift of Jesus, Christ’s gift of salvation, rates so high above anything else we might attach to Christmas that it leaves us in silence, unable even to put words to what He has given and we have received. It calls for a wholehearted affirmation of our belief in El Elyon, the Highest, the Exalted One.

We utter many words at Christmastime. A multitude of songs. Endless sentiments. The days are jolly and the nights are festive. We have good reason to celebrate. We, too, have good reason to fall silent and look to a God and Savior, high and lifted up, who defies description.

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Do you foresee any quiet, wordless moments this season to look to your Savior?

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  1. Mike
    Dec 7, 2011

    This is an excellent site – I love the graphics and your reflections about our savior. It helps keep my focus looking up!

  2. Paul (http://Website)
    Dec 7, 2011

    Awesome post.

    I need to carve out more time for quiet reflection on the meaning of the season.

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