I have been trying to make a conscious effort to not get caught up in the "stuff" of the season. Mrs. Margaret my sweet bible study leader sent us this verse this morning:
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2: 5-11
At Church we are reflecting on the season of Advent with a twist. The first week we talked about the Wait. Do you realize the people of the bible had to wait on the prophecy of Jesus to be born for 400 years!!! I can even wait 4 minutes for my coffee to brew. Can you imagine waiting 400 YEARS for a Savior who was going to bring JOY to the World? And I thought my coffee brought me joy in the morning? wow. 400 years for my Savior. That's challenging. The Lord calls me to wait for him. To put my HOPE in him. Yet, I am so impatient. Always wanting instant gratification. The Lord has called us to wait and to hope.
Another word we have focused on is Wonder. The wonder of the birth of the Christ. How often do you sit in WONDER at this babe, called JESUS. Also challenging Huh? The wonder of Mary and her faithfulness, the wonder of the birth announcement- the Angel. We send and receive birth announcements, save the dates, wedding announcements, Christmas cards. We oooohh and ahhh at the details of the cards, the pictures, all of it. But what a challeng to oooo and ahh over the birth of Christ! It's such a miracle!
This little cute thing knows the Wonder of Christ.
Oh for the Grace, to comprehend the complete wonder of "this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." luke 2:15