Another gift: today is sunny and 45 degrees where I live, warm enough to sit outside at my picnic table with my coffee, journal and Bible. I had on a pair of coveralls and read and thought about Luke 2:4-20:
"Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a [d]manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is [e]Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a [f]manger.”13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men [g]with whom He is pleased.”
15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the [h]manger. 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them."
And I remembered that Christmas is all about Love. God can't love us anymore than He does. And I thought of the hours and days and weeks and months and years I wasted not feeling loved. Why do we do that? Why do we judge ourselves by unreasonable standards? Or why do we allow others to condemn us? Or why do we compare ourselves and feel inadequate when all the time the reality of it is is that we are loved. It has nothing to do with us being adequate. Of course we're inadequate! Yet, we are so loved. We are loved beyond imagining. And when Jesus came to earth in that little baby body it was the ultimate expression of love. He came to us in a form we can understand. He came to us so we could finally understand (at least a little bit) His eternal love for us.
Thank you Him today and tomorrow for His love. Thank Him for His Faithfulnes. Thank Him for loving you, for loving me, for loving everyone.