The English language can be very strange at times. Words that sound the same but are spelled differently and yet have various meanings: there, their, they’re. Or the exact same word used in different contexts with very different meanings: I love pizza, I love my children.
I was recently talking with a friend about this and the word “know”. We were conversing about how you can know something in your head, but it’s something very different to know it in your heart. It’s the difference between knowing something intellectually and knowing it experientially. Like when we say to someone going through a difficult time, “I know how you’re feeling.” That may be true intellectually because we certainly can imagine in our heads what they must be feeling. But if we happen to have walked a very similar pathway of pain as them, it means something else for us to say, “I know how you are feeling.”
This idea is actually one of the things that makes our understanding of Advent so powerful. We are anticipating the coming of God to literally enter into our experience – to really know us and our world. He’s coming to walk the dirt of our planet, feel the joy of our laughter, and the sting of our tears. He is coming to enter into life with us so profoundly that he says, “I know,” and he really means it.
~ Pastor Stephen