God's heart is so different than ours.
His birth was in a stable, without fanfare, without fireworks.
Angels made the announcement not to kings, but to shepherds in the fields.
He came to dwell and teach among an obscure and oppressed people.
His disciples were an unlikely lot; they were, for the most part, rough, uneducated men.
He spent His time with sinners and the outcast of society. He alienated the powerful.
He taught a new and unlikely thing: to love our enemies.
He died on a cross, a criminal's death on a most notorious instrument of torture.
Even so, two thousand years later, He is still changing the world.
His coming was foretold in hundreds of prophecies, yet the way He came was so unexpected.
Let us not underestimate this God of the unexpected. Pray with gusto in 2009, knowing our God is capable of anything!