Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Wonder of Christmas

I'm stealing this picture from my daughter-in-law's blog. My grandson is a beautiful child, but what is more beautiful is the joy in his little face. Sometimes Christmas does not "feel the same" as we age. Memories of Christmas past can seem more magical that the one that is approaching. But I think those feelings come from taking our eyes off the ONE we are supposed to be celebrating, the Savior come as a babe.

This wrong thinking is one reason (of many) why God tells us to" take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." The Message paraphrase of the Bible puts it this way, "... fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ." (II Corinthians 10b) We need to contemplate Christmas and what it means for us. This old Dutch hymn says it well.


Come and stand amazed, you people,
See how God is reconciled!
See his plans of love accomplished,
See his gift, this newborn child.
See the Mighty, weak and tender,
See the Word who now is mute.
See the Sovereign without splendor,
See the Fullness destitute;
The Beloved, whom we covet,
In a state of low repute.

See how humankind received him;
See him wrapped in swaddling bands,
Who as Lord of all creation
Rules the wind by his commands.
See him lying in a manger
Without sign of reasoning;
Word of God to flesh surrendered,
He is wisdom’s crown, our King.
See how tender our Defender
At whose birth the angels sing.

O Lord Jesus, God incarnate,
Who assumed this humble form,
Counsel me and let my wishes
To your perfect will conform.
Light of life, dispel my darkness,
Let your frailty strengthen me;
Let your meekness give me boldness,
Let your burden set me free;
Let your sadness give me gladness,
Let your death be life for me.
—Medieval Dutch carol, translated by Klaas Hart (1906-1973), as collected in PROCLAIMING THE CHRISTMAS GOSPEL: ANCIENT SERMONS AND HYMNS FOR CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATION. Edited by John D. Witvliet and David Vroege. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004, page 99. ISBN 0-8010-6405-8

or to put it more simply...


  1. What an adorable baby!!! And thatnks for including my favorite moment in TV history on your blog. It's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

  2. I love your post! Thanks for your comment on my blog too! I will have fun exploring your blog!


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