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“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

i9-baby Hello! How are you? Can you believe Christmas is here already? I’m sure many people will be celebrating with friends and family; and many will be attending church whether it’s an evening service, Midnight service on Christmas Eve; or an early service on Christmas morning-maybe for the very first time hearing about the birth of the One and Only Savior, Jesus Christ. Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.” (Luke 1:26-31) “The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

Some people may not realize that our Creator chose to humble Himself to be born (by a virgin) as a baby so that He can identify what His creation would experience in this world. This means He went through a literal, physical birth. His mother conceived Him by the Holy Spirit and his earthly father, (not natural father), Joseph was hand-picked by God Himself. His supernatural birth was foretold as well as His Resurrection Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been eonceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:18-23)

As you celebrate the Miracle of Christmas, I hope you begin to understand that it is because of the birth of Jesus we have reconciliation with God. He bridged the gap so we can commune with God because God is with us. He is the one and only true authority over mankind and He is the only God who can guarantee eternal life-therefore, rejoice! For our Savior has come to save the whole world.

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 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, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 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; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” 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.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them. And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:1-21)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I wish a very Blesses, Merry Christmas and  leave you with one of my favorite Christmas songs, “O Holy Night”:

O Holy Night Lyrics
Christmas Carol Lyrics

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O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

O Holy Night Lyrics
Christmas Carol Lyrics

In His Love,

Melody 

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time Don, this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:25-27)

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Hello! How is everyone?  I hope your week is moving along all well and good.  I cannot even believe it is Mother’s Day already! Where does the time go? To some people, it seems that “Hallmark” makes every day a holiday, but in reality, would any of us be here without our mothers?  Not everyone has (or had) a father-but everyone has (or had) a mother. We will not even go in to the types of mothers (or mothering)  but; was is for sure-we all have mothers.

I do believe without a shadow of doubt that God intended to create women to be mothers as a representation of His love. In the Garden of Eden God created man and women in His image so that we would emulate His very nature of love.  Man and woman must be the balance of God’s make-up because the two are so uniquely different-yet complementary-and then become one in flesh when married.  “and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Mark 10: 8-9)

I don’t think that people ordinarily think of the nurturing or “mothering” side of Jesus. Even though He and God, the Father are on, He, also has His protective instinct to protect those who belong to Him. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. (Luke 13:34) Do you hear the unconditional love?  Do you hear the deep cry of His heart-almost like a lament over those He loves? Can any of you mothers relate to that?  God wants us to always honor our parents. “Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:3)

Jesus also has a compassionate, empathetic side that identifies with our  sorrows as well. “For thus says the Lord, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:12-13) Comfort is usually from the mother rather than a father, but, like I said God has a nurturing side as well as a protective side-together bring balance. It is amazing to me that even on the cross, Jesus cared enough to provide for His mother’s care that He picked one of the disciple’s (John) to care for Mary as a son…and John accepted the responsibility willingly.  Mary had other children, but, Jesus choose someone else He felt was more suitable and knew would correctly care for His mother. He was being nurturing to His own mother while dying on the cross. God, in human form, prepared care for His mother-whom He created.  That’s how much God loves us-His creation. Amazing, isn’t it?

For those of you who are mothers, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you receive the Mother’s love that God has for you. For those who are not mothers, my wish for you is that you also truly experience God’s unconditional love for you.

As you walk Every Day With Grace

In His Love,

Melody

“The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:7-8)