Sunday, December 7, 2008

At the heart of Christmas is....


One God who, unexplainably, sacrificed His only Son for us.(Jn 3:16)

One mother who trustingly said, "Behold the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." (Lk 1:38)

Lowly shepherds who "went straight to Bethlehem... (to) see this thing which has happened which the Lord has made known to (them). (Lk. 1:15)

Men like Simeon, righteous and devout, who waited their whole life to "see God's salvation," and rejoiced in it. (Lk. 2:25-32

Women like Anna, a widow of many years who served the Lord in fasting and prayers. She thanked God for His sacrifice (Lk.2:36-39) and "continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jersualem."

One Savior, Jesus Christ, who said "yes" to His Father, lived a perfect life of complete and unreserved sacrifice and then sacrificed all
in beatings,
in scourgings,
in insults,
all without argument
as a lamb led to slaughter

and yes,
in death.

Praise God! That is not the end of the story! His resurrection is the best gift ever given to mankind.

How can I consider any sacrifice to be "too much?" Ah to say "yes" as Mary did, choosing to embrace a life of sacrifice. My little gift to Him, my precious, precious Savior.

(No, this wasn't taken this year! But still pretty, yes?)

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