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A Baby Boy

December 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

I want to introduce you to my grandbaby, Bennett. He is two and a half months old in this picture. (Isn’t he cute?) He was sitting, sleeping actually, two chairs down from me in Church one Sunday. I kept glancing over at him when baby Jesus was mentioned in the message. Words popped in my head like “vulnerability”, “trust”, “growth process”…

In my mind, I imagined the span of the life of Jesus. What was daily life like in the home of Mary and Joseph? They must have lived in wonder at times…and at times, probably forgot that Jesus was who He was. I am struck with awe after having witnessed Bennett’s birth, that the Lord God Almighty made His entrance into our world in a similar way: through a dark canal.

Have you ever thought of how much darkness there is in the story of Christmas? The story of Light coming to earth? Beginning with the long, rough trek to Bethlehem that Mary endured at an advanced stage of pregnancy. Then at the end of her journey, giving birth in a barn, and soon after, having to flee the country with her little boy. All the while, pondering reality in her heart, and remembering the prophecy…”He will pierce your own soul too”…

What about your own life and walk with the Lord? When we meet Him, and receive Him, the Light enters our own dark hearts…but His presence in us doesn’t automatically shield us from dark things in our lives either. As we know, life on earth continues to have dark events.

After pondering dark times in your own life, think of how profound grace is. The enabling of God. The giving to us what we are unable to produce…everything really. What do we have that we were not given? It’s all grace. All things good are a result of His Light in our darkness.

Immanuel, the greatest gift of all, came through a dark canal. Mary and Joseph were given grace to trust and teach and guide Jesus as His parents. Now we can have the Light inside of us that overcomes even the deepest darkness!

That gives us great reason to celebrate Christmas!

 

John 12:46
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

Psalm 18:28

You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

 

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With a passion for prayer and God’s Word, Kathy loves to build women up in their faith and encourage them in devotion to the Lord. She is director of Women’s Ministry in her church where she teaches and leads Bible Studies, organizes and hosts women’s events with her team, publishes a newsletter and mentors several women.

Kathy and her husband Dale own a hobby farm in Western Wisconsin where they raised their two children. Kayla (married to Andrew) made them joyful grandparents of baby Bennett last fall. Ethan is entering his sophomore year in college.

Kathy, a former hairstylist, owns and operates a country gift shop on their farm where she is free to tend her many perennial gardens and her two blogs in between shoppers stopping in. Kathy can be found at: Blessed Builder and Bittersweet Farm Gift Shop. You may email her at btrsweetfarm@hotmail.com

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