And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Thought for the Day: Remember that God sent His Son at Christmas to give us eternal life.
“This Baby made the angels sing. This baby made a new star shine in the sky. This baby had come to change the world. This baby was God’s own son, this baby was like no other one. This baby was God with us, this baby was Jesus.” One of my favorite Christmas songs is “This Baby” by Steven Curtis Chapman. I can tell when I listen to the song that Steven Curtis Chapman, who had been singing all of his life, must have been remembering his family as they welcomed a new baby into their family and thinking about the growth of that child to adulthood. As I listen to parts of the song, he creates the picture in my mind of Jesus as a baby, a young child, a youth, and as an adult. Mary and Joseph had a baby who was born in a manger, a regular lowly manger, and they raised him as we raise our children today. As I watch my own two boys, I sometimes remember the song and the way Steven Curtis Chapman put into words his thoughts about children as they go from being a baby in their mothers’ arms, to having the regular problems of a youth with the changes they all go through, and then to working in his family business of being a carpenter.
Throughout his life, however, everyone who met Jesus knew he was special. Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” The shepherds returned to their fields praising God. The Magi rejoiced “with exceedingly great joy” when they found Jesus. God sent this baby to earth to save the world and to change the world. God sent His Son to us so that we would have eternal life. This baby, this special baby, was God’s own son. This baby, Jesus Christ, is the reason we celebrate this Christmas Season.
Prayer: You sent your Son, Jesus Christ, into the world on that Christmas night so long ago to life on earth with us. Thank you, Father, for that gift of eternal life we received through Your Son. We “rejoice” with exceedingly great joy. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE REMEMBERING THE REASON FOR CHRISTMAS