Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The miracle we celebrate at Christmas never loses its wonder. To think of the ultimate plan for all mankind to come as a baby and save the world, amazing! Only God could think of something so great and awesome. But that is God, always doing things far beyond what human minds can think, dream or comprehend.
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?" Romans 11:33-34 NKJV
During this season we pause to reflect on the wonder of the miracle child we call Jesus. Conceived by the Virgin Mary and pledged to be married to Joseph. We don’t know much about Mary and Joseph’s background. Yet we can conclude they both loved God with all their hearts and desired to serve Him. My own heart is drawn to Mary’s dilemma: pregnant, unwed and faced with bringing the Son of God, the Savior of all mankind into the world. Not knowing if Joseph would accuse her of wrong doing and possibly be stoned to death. He could even leave her before they were together. Yet Mary pondered all these things in her heart. (See Luke 2:19) She learned the holy discipline of pondering the deep things of God. Mary understood what it meant to treasure the very words and promises from an Angel. This season may we never forget the Word who became flesh in the form of a baby just for us.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:7
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
"For with God nothing will be impossible." Luke 1:37
Let us ponder and treasure the miracle of Christmas – Christ himself – Christ alone! There is no better gift! We look forward to what God has in store for our family in 2013. An additional treasure will be joining our family come June. We are expecting a baby! What a treasure and what a gift! God is so good! Wishing you a blessed 2013!