Christmas Reflections

There’s nothing quite like Christmas with a baby, especially if it’s your grandson.

Just like when his father was a baby, being with my grandson Leo for a few days this week turned my thoughts to Mary and her baby boy, Jesus. It reminded me that the Lord Jesus whose birth we celebrate was a real flesh and blood baby — so much more than the two-dimensional images we see on Christmas cards delivered in the mail.

As I watched my daughter-in-law with baby Leo, I imagined Mary doing similar things with her infant son. Did she sing to him and try to match his baby noises? Did she cradle him on her shoulder to burp him after he nursed? Did it take her very long to comfort him when he cried? Was he fussy or content? Was she as exhausted as new moms everywhere are?

The infant Jesus reminds us that he is indeed Emmanuel, God with us. God in the form of a tiny baby come down to earth to save us from our sins. 

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall give birth to a son. They shall call his name Immanuel”; which is, being interpreted, God with us.” 

Matthew 1:23

“She shall give birth to a son. You shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Matthew 1:21

I love Christmas. There are so many wonderful things to enjoy — gathering with friends and family, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas carols, Christmas goodies and exchanging gifts in the spirit of the Magi who brought gifts to the Christ child. But, all of these things pale in comparison to the greatest gift that was ever given to us — the gift of a savior born as a tiny baby. That’s what Christmas means to me.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year.

Away In A Manger

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