Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Heart, Your Bethlehem


Just as our Lord came into human history from the outside, so He must come into us from the outside. Have we allowed our personal human lives to become a “Bethlehem” for the Son of God?   Oswald Chambers
In reading the Scriptures each Christmas, we hear the same words retell the same story while our minds wander back in time trying to imagine these familiar scenes. From Nazareth to Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary journey to complete the first census, recording the birth of Jesus. Angels and shepherds converse in fields about a Savior born, “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this event which the Lord has made known to us.” A star leads the magi to Bethlehem as they offer gifts to the Prince of Peace. The Messiah enters into human history in Bethlehem. 
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:16 
Over 2,000 years later, people are still looking for Jesus, weeping with loss, begging for more or less, shouting in pain, searching, hoping, desperate, lonely. And when we find Jesus, celebrations fill the night skies like angels singing “Glory to God,” expectations dance with faith like shepherds repeating the angles’ story, wonder becomes wisdom like magi seeking a king. When we allow Jesus to be born in us, Perfect Love embraces our brokenness and failures, our doubts and anxieties. When our lives become a “Bethlehem” for the Son of God, His Grace surrounds our incompleteness and transforms our journey. “Be born in me, be born in me; make my heart your Bethlehem, be born in me.-dho

Celebrate the Season of Giving... 
"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15
As Christ is reborn in you and in me, let us ask ourselves who else needs this Grace? Will you share the Gospel message of Jesus with others here and throughout the world? What can you give to honor the Prince of Peace?