Advent Study 2020

Sharing Our Stories: December 24

Writer’s Name: Kristyne Young

Writer’s Ministry: Pastor

Assigned Text: Luke 2:1-7

Word of the Day: Jesus  

It is Christmas Eve! Advent is over! We are no longer waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus.  He is here! 

6And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

How lucky we are that God decided to step down into our history. God decided to experience, in the flesh, what it was to be human. God decided to take up humanity, humbly, starting out as we all do, as a baby; born as we are all, from a woman. 

Can you imagine Mary, humble, new mommy Mary, holding God incarnate, on that first Christmas? When my Emilee was born it was December 21st and I wanted so badly to take this brand new baby to Christmas Eve services. So I did. I remember sitting with fresh new Emilee in the church, holding this little bundle of love, joy, hope and peace in my arms during the service. My heart was overflowing with feelings for my baby. As I sat holding Emilee, I couldn’t help but think about what it must have been like for Mary to be holding cute newborn baby Jesus. Holding that baby that was going to change the world, that baby that was going to teach us about the character of God, that baby that was going to heal the world, that baby that was going to love us unconditionally, that baby that was going to suffer and die for us, that baby that at that moment was Mary’s baby. That baby on Christmas Eve and for the days and nights that followed was just getting to bask in the love of a mother and a father. That baby who loves us all more than we can even begin to understand, got a chance to just bask in the love of Mary and Joseph. How wonderful that must have felt. Unconditional love! 

Daily Prayer:  Jesus, help us to love you with the deepness and wideness of a mother who had just given birth to her child. Help us to love you with that same passion and strength, that same intensity. Help us love you like that, because we know you love us like that and even more. Amen. 

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