“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.”
Thought for the Day: Follow the Star to the Manger
“A baby has been born” I was told as I answered a call from our social worker on December 3, 2003. “I will call back with details when I know more.” I received that call as I was directing my children’s choir one Wednesday evening. Those simple words brought me into a new excitement as I awaited the second call. Of course, I shared that news with my sweet husband. That evening happened to be on the very same night that my husband was going to have an important chancel choir rehearsal in preparation for a cantata coming up. So, we opted not to tell anyone in the choir about the call. So the rehearsal began and I held my cellphone tightly in my hand. About half way through the rehearsal my phone rang and I ran into my husband’s music office to answer. “There is a baby boy. He weighs 7 pounds, 6 ounces. He is 21 inches long. The birthmother wants to know what you want to call him.” There it was, not only did we know about the baby but we also knew about the birthmother’s commitment when she asked about the name. I had written the information on a little piece of paper and took it immediately and placed it on my husband’s music stand where he would get the news. He was ready to burst inside when he read it but he didn’t want to “lose the choir” on a very important rehearsal so he waited to share the news. Finally, the time came…..Mark said, “We have a baby. Nathaniel Wesley Locke was born weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and he is 21 inches long.” The cheers began as he made the announcement and our “choir family” shared that special moment with us. This choir had been with us throughout our adoption process seeing us go through hopes and heartaches, as we shared possible adoptions and as we shared those possible adoptions falling through. So they were excited with us when the news actually came during rehearsal.
“A baby is born!” Can you imagine? A baby was born in Bethlehem. God’s son was born! Can you imagine the night, that very special night, when Jesus was born in a manger? God was so excited that He placed a star in the sky for all to see and for some to follow to the place where Jesus was born. It has been prophesized that this was going to happen and it did. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, had come. As I look back on the time when we received the news that our baby had been born and that our long awaited son had come to us, I thought about God’s excitement when Jesus was born to Mary. Can you imagine? “A baby is born!”
Prayer: Father God, thank you for sending Jesus Christ to the world as a baby to be our Savior. During this time of advent, we look toward the birth of Christ and remember the journey to the manger. Be with us as we go through this journey that leads us to Your Son. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE ANTICIPATING CHRIST’S BIRTH