24 December, 2008

{a Savior has been born to you}

I love Nativity Scenes! I love the story they tell. I love to listen to my kids tell their version of that wondrous night. I love that the first people to know the Savior had been born were the lowly shepherds. I love that the "wise men" traveled so far to see this new King and they brought Him gifts only given to royalty. I love that God chose to send His only Son to earth as a baby to one day give up His life on the cross for me. Wow!

I think my favorite part of the whole "Christmas" story is found in verse 19 of Luke chapter 2. "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." While Mary sat holding her newborn baby, whom she knew was sent to save the world, she didn't fuss w/making sure the shepherds and wise men were comfortable. She didn't go on and on about how cute he was or how perfect he was. She sat quietly and took in all that was now, literally, in her lap. She saw the expression on the shepherds faces when they realized that the tiny baby she was holding was the Messiah. She heard the awe in the voices of the wise men as they welcomed the Christ-child. "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."

It's a good thing God didn't choose me to be Jesus' mother. I would have been a blubbering mess...and that's the truth! Gracious, Eli was baby Jesus in our church's Passion Play the year he was born...he was 3 weeks old. If you saw that play that year, I was the one holding the tiny baby with a smile the size of Texas! My fabulous bff told me afterwards that she had not been aware that my teeth were as white as they appeared...good friend, huh?

I got this as a gift when I graduated from high school...15 yrs ago. I love how it sparkles! It's made from sand...interesting, huh?

My mom gave me this carved nativity for Christmas a few years ago. Isn't it beautiful! I think Baby Jesus looks a bit like an almond. ;)

I pray you and your loved ones have a blessed Christmas. Don't forget to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus tomorrow!


Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

That `Mary treasured' verse has always been one of my favorites. I have been finding God reminding me of his sweet ways these past two days and I find myself 'treasuring them in my heart'. Your post was another gentle reminder.

I pray you and your sweet family have a blessed, fun-filled, joyous time. Merry Christmas my friend!

Jeano said...

You are so hilarious. Who else could take a beautiful post and then make a crack me up comment about baby Jesus looking like an almond.

Nicole said...

I love your nativity sets. And the scripture you shared is so perfect, it makes me want to frame it. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, thankyou for being such a wonderful blogging friend, I always love your comments,