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Feel a sense of refreshment

December 13, 2017

"She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger."

Luke 2:7


I came across an amazing story about a newborn baby. The baby boy, with his umbilical cord still attached, was found in a nativity scene at a church in New York City. I like what the priest said, “The church is considered a safe haven for drop-offs.”
The surveillance video from the church showed a woman walking inside the manger area with a baby in her arms and then showed her leaving without it. The custodian who found the new born said that he left the church for lunch for about an hour and when he returned he heard the baby boy crying.
The child was taken to a nearby hospital. According to the priest, “There are families within the parish who have inquired as to adopting the baby already. They feel that he was left in the parish and should stay in the parish.” 
And by the way, the name of the church is Holy Child Jesus Church.
What a story with a happy ending!
As we enjoy the beautiful nativity scene on our hillside, it certainly helps us to think of the humble beginnings of our Savior’s birth.
The incarnation of God, that is, deity taking on humanity, can be hard for us to imagine. 
Think about this – Jesus left heaven to live among us as a man and to die among us as God. You see, because Jesus was “God for us”, He became “God with us”, so that He could be “God in us.” At Christmas, Jesus gently shows us that “God is with us”, then at His death he graphically shows us that God died for us. That’s Christianity!
I want to share a wonderful quote from Dorothy Sayers, a very insightful writer, and she expresses the incarnation so well, “For whatever reason God chose to make man as he is—limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death—He had the honesty and courage to take His own medicine. Whatever game He is playing with His creation, He has kept His own rules and played fair. He went through the whole human experience, from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair, and death. He was born in poverty, died in disgrace and thought it worthwhile.”
This Christmas let’s feel a sense of refreshment as we experience God with us, touching our lives!
Pressing On Together;
Pastor Dave

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