Lord, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the birth of Jesus for a few days now. I’m sure I’ll never fully comprehend every little thing. One thing is for sure…I’m in awe of you.
It seems like it would have been so much easier and less messy to wave your hand and just fix all the sinful things we had done in the world. But you went above and beyond to prove your love for us. You sent the son you love to be born unto our imperfect world. Birth is messy and scary. It doesn’t seem fit for a king. Yet, that’s exactly what you chose, and I’m so grateful for it.
Thank you for sending Jesus to save our sins in a way that makes it easy for every person in every situation and walk of life to find you. The pregnant mother can see you in her expectant waiting for her child to be born- just as Jesus was carried in Mary’s body. The new mother and father can find you in the sleepless nights knowing that Jesus was also a young child once. A child needing to be fed and rocked and kissed and cared for. The family who has experienced loss can find hope in the gift of the baby Jesus who brings salvation to the world. The teenager and young adult can take comfort knowing that Jesus was also tempted, but he stayed the course and held firm in his faith. Anyone touched by death can find peace in the resurrection of Christ and the promise of new life after death on Earth.
God, the list goes on and on. You are so merciful. You are so gracious. Thank you, Lord, for making yourself so accessible to us. In this season, I feel your presence every time I lay my son down to sleep. I’m reminded of the ultimate gift of your son for me. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t give my son, but you did. Thank you for your abundant love in sending the baby in the manger. And thank you for the hope we have as we await his glorious return.