Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Really Big Deal

That's about the best present I could have ever unwrapped. My two girls home together - under one roof. A far cry from last Christmas. And to me... a really big deal.

On Christmas Eve we got to be part of the Hope Market again and a bunch of giving, caring people gave a whole bunch of money to Brighton Their World. And to me... it was a really big deal.

Earlier today Meron displayed the God-given sacrificial giving nature of her heart. And to me... it was a really big deal.

But it all pales in comparison when we talk about THE really big deal. So tonight - after the toys, and the lights and the food and the fun all started to die down - here's what we huddled together and read:

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
- Luke 2:6-21
If ya don't know THAT really big deal - man drop what you are doing and go get to know it. Seriously. Go. Now.

These guys right here are still a really big deal to me. But it's because of Christ - and His love for me - that I am able to love them the way I do. Unconditionally. Uninhibitedly. Unabashedly.

Today just couldn't pass without that being said. Merry Christmas everybody!

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