Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas Story

Love came down at Christmas...

We've all seen it.

Year after year, different places, different faces... but the content is basically the same.

The Nativity.

The sparkling angels

Mary glowing and perfect

The stable tidy and clean as all the animals watch in silence to welcome the birth of the Christ child.

I was thinking the other day about our representation of Jesus' birth.

I don't believe it was the beautiful, clean, serene, majestic scene we see at Christmas.

Child birth is messy and scary. 

Stables are typically smelly and dirty.

I think its so amazing that our Savior came in such a humble way, when He deserved so much more.

I think the point of Jesus coming as a child to be born in a stable was not simply to represent his humbleness and willingness.

It seems to be an incredible testament to the fact that He is willing to come down, into the middle of our mess.

Jesus isn't waiting for you to clean your life up before He can come in your life. 

He came into this imperfect world as a baby, in dirty stable to show us all that He doesn't need us to be clean first.

Jesus came to clean us up.

Christmas has been so amazing this year.

I honestly have so much to be thankful for. 

An amazing family that I love so much (with a new nephew or niece on the way, yay!!)

The best friends in the entire world. 

And an incredible Savior who didn't wait to offer His grace until I thought I deserved it. But knew I didn't deserve it, and offered it anyway. 

Because it isn't the gifts or the food that make this holiday so spectacular.
Its the family and the the friends and celebration of our Savior

So I know there is only a few hours left of Christmas, but if you haven't already, take the time to thank Jesus for all the blessings in your life, and for the sacrifice He gave.

It is Jesus' birthday after all, and I think the number one item on His wish list is for you to spend that quality time with Him.

"Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream; the cold clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love"

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