In reading December 2’s Advent Project devotional, I was struck by the idea that the glory of God is displayed in a multitude of ways—from the glorious to the mundane. We typically think of the former— the “bright luminescence depicting the arrival of heaven.” Here, devotional writer, Charlie Trimm, gives the example of Exodus 24:17, “To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.”

But, too, the glory of God is displayed in His redemptive work. The Incarnation—the Second Person of the Trinity humbling Himself and taking on the form of a man. Isaiah 40:5 describes this glory: “And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

And finally, there is the aspect of Creation itself declaring God’s glory—acts of worship to its Creator: “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). “Listen to Me. If My followers were silenced, the very stones would break forth in praises” (Jesus, Luke 19:40 TPT)!

The thought that all of these aspects of God’s glory came together at Jesus’ birth prompted me to attempt something I’ve never tried before: haiku. But here I go.

Angels: Unto you
Tiny baby. Sheep bleating.
—The Glory of God

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