But where is that "feeling?"
In my effort to live intentionally, where did I loose that Christmas "feeling?"
I know the cliches...I've heard them since I was born. And I believe them.
Jesus is the reason for the season.
Let's keep Christ in Christmas.
And I'm the President of the "Merry Christmas" club who refuses to use the term "holidays." (My *favorite* Christmas card that I've seen so far says "Merry Everything!" Gag me. Being politically correct is like trying to.......never mind, I digress.)
And it hurts me to think that maybe I've known and firmly believed these things for so long that they no longer hold me in awe or inspire me.
My mind drifts back to a conversation I had with the little girl last night while making popcorn chains for the birds. We were talking about Jesus coming to earth on Christmas, and Ava says,
"God turned into a baby."
I'm struck by what she says and wonder if it's irreverent. But without getting into a theological discourse on the Trinity, I just nod...and ponder.
And then only today I read these words at one of my favorite blogs:
"I think of the Word made flesh and the God who created the universe contained in a body like this, a scrap of seven-something pounds who struggles to hold up his head and needs every need cared for, who relies entirely on others for every want."
(I strongly encourage you to read the entire post at These Three Remain by clicking HERE.)
And I really think about it. God, who knows all, sees all, is everywhere, and is all-powerful, became one of the most needy things on earth, a newborn baby, in order to save us.
He's a King, yet He humbled himself to a helpless infant with poor parents sleeping in a barn.
He's the Creator of Universe, yet He came to earth to wash feet and walk dusty roads and make friends with undesirable people.
How could this really be His plan to redeem us? Why this way? It seems so backwards.....but maybe it's just us that are backwards.
I think about those words again, words spoken only just this past Sunday.
"In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and Word was God...and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." John 1:1, 14a
And on top of coming to earth as tiny newborn, He lived.....to die....the most humiliating way....on a cross...to take away my sin.
That's the wonder of Christmas. Once again, my feelings don't reflect the truth. This is all the awe I need in my Christmas.