Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Taking time to prepare for this baby by getting his room ready I have been really reflecting on how different it was for Mary going through that time of preparing to bear her son Jesus. She was a virgin, merely a young teenager, not even married and bearing the Savior of the world in her womb. How do you mentally prepare for something like that? I have been taking time to reflect on Jesus’ birth and what that truly means to me. What a precious gift we have been given in Jesus. How awesome that God would send his only son to die on the cross for me. God the creator of the universe chose to have his son born by a virgin in a manger so that we could be in relationship with Him. Really a manger…of all places…not some stately Inn with fine linens and blankets…but outside in feeding trough for animals. I think about what a blessing it is to bring our little baby boy into a warm home, freshly painted room with new furniture, bedding, blankets and more stuff a baby needs as a newborn. Then there is Jesus, the light of the world born outside in a feeding trough for animals. That is the great thing about God is He didn’t have to arrive in some grand way that no one could relate to – He came into the world just like you and me – a baby. He came in the flesh so that we could relate to Him and so He could communicate to us that He understands what it is like to live on earth and that most of all He loves us no matter what. He understood what it was to weep, to have deep relationships, to wrestle with persecution for the sake of His Father, and to face temptation. He had a purpose to fulfill and carried out God’s plan so that we could be free from death and spend eternity with Him. What an amazing reality if we chose to believe it!! Amen.
I hope that all who read this would be strengthened and encouraged this holiday season. Take time to enjoy your family and friends and think about the things that matter most instead of stressing over the small things that you may not remember next year or even after Dec 25th rolls around…
Lots of love from the Frank Family to your family – MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!