nativity scene

Anticipation is building (look through the eyes of a young child and it is palpable)

The babe is coming

Excitement hovers on the fringes of your days and fills your whitespace with its rapid heartbeat

The babe is coming

You begin the process of opening your heart wide to receive the promises of a newborn child

The babe is coming

Joy flows freely and you reach high and wide to circle it in your embrace

The babe, the Son of Mary

28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. Luke 1:28-31 ESV

Mary, a young teenage girl, was chosen by God. He sent the angel Gabriel to bring her this message “you have found favor with God” and her world changed forever.

We also have found favor with God and it all started one winter night when one birth took place in a manger. The trajectory of our world changed forever.  God found favor in the form of His own son that we might know life and His son, Jesus. God sent Jesus to us as a baby in a manger to show us what the love of a father for his children looks like. God’s favor rests on each of us as He lovingly chose us to live a life for Him and His glory. God’s favor is found in the gift of His son Jesus. We manifest this gift in the way we choose to live our lives.

10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 ESV

The babe, the son of Mary is coming and our lives will never be the same. Accept the gift, embrace the joy, live your life with the anticipation of what is yet to come and allow God to shower you with His favor by living for Him.

With hearts open and ready to receive, may we all embrace the joy of Jesus’ birth in our lives. May the embrace become our acceptance and call to live fully for God in all we do.

Christmas blessings to all! Enjoy this version of What Child is This and be blessed. Click here

Mary

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