Christmas Blessing

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I think we can all agree that there is nothing sweeter than a baby.

Jesus birth is the most famous and beloved stories of all time. The joy that was evident at the arrival of the Son of God would be beyond anything we could imagine. God came down to save us in the form of a sweet baby boy. He would grow up to greatness.

But the passage that often sticks with me is when Jesus is brought to the temple to be blessed and Simeon tells His mother, Mary, that a sword will pierce her soul.

This might not be the most reassuring blessing to a young mother.

But Simeon saw the end at the beginning and He wanted to remind Mary that Jesus was God’s son sent to save the world. A Savior.

Mary knew that there would be good days and bad days. Most mothers already know this. Mary’s knowledge though was even more important since her son’s future would save His people by sacrificing His life. World without end. Amen.

Thank you Lord Jesus for blessing us this Christmas with the reminder of the love you showed to us in your life, your love, and your never-ending grace.

We are blessed beyond measure. We are blessed for eternity.

Luke 2:25-35

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,

which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:

a light for revelation to the Gentiles,

and the glory of your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Sweet Baby Jesus

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One of my favorite scenes from the silly movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, (bet you never thought you would read that on a Christian blog), was at the family meal as they bowed their heads to pray.

It was at this juncture that Ricky Bobby would start by saying, “Dear 8 pound 6 ounce baby Jesus” even as his wife reminded him that baby Jesus becomes a grown man. But, Ricky Bobby liked the baby Jesus best.

I do too.

There is nothing sweeter than a baby and I often tell people that babies smell like heaven. I believe this to be so.

Jesus came to us not as a King, not an Army leader, and not with a vengeance. He came as a baby; innocent, helpless, worshiped and adored only minutes after birth.

God looked down and sent us the ultimate symbol of love. A baby. God’s son. What that baby accomplished in His life is amazing. What He continues to do is beyond words.

Babies give us hope. Babies give us joy. This baby gives us more.

Thank you sweet baby Jesus.

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.

 

 

Deacon’s first birthday

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Whenever I see a baby, the first thing that comes to my mind is that babies must smell like heaven.

A new baby is validation that this life holds promise and that earthly things can sometimes be too sweet for words.

My grandson turned one today and the past year seems like a blur. Deacon is a gift from God and he will grow up to learn about God’s everlasting love. His parents and both grandparents will work hard to encourage his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  

I think back to Mary and the promised birth of the Messiah. She knew the end at the beginning and yet she had a moment of pure joy when the star glowed brightly, angels rejoiced and her beloved son was sought after and worshiped by wise men. The promise of greatness was present at His birth and remains so to this day. Immanuel, God with us.  

I’m grateful to God who gives us these precious blessings and graces us with moments that last a lifetime. A sweet baby born one year ago holds great promise for our family. We are overjoyed.

Babies do smell like heaven. I’m sure of it.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5

Merry Christmas!

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In the corner of my home office is a sweet, skinny white Christmas tree glowing with colorful mini lights. I leave it up year round with lights blazing twenty-four hours a day.

Most people might think this is unusual or even odd, but I love the idea that every day is Christmas for believers.

We are in the post-Easter season and have recently celebrated the resurrection. This is the most momentous and important day for Christians.

But I daily celebrate the arrival of the newborn baby, born in lowly surroundings and witnessed by shepherds and their flock. Such humble beginnings for a King.

I long for His return.

My Christmas tree reminds me to celebrate the life, birth and the arrival of Immanuel. He makes my daily happiness complete and my future is certain. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate that?

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.