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The Humility Of Christmas

In this Christmas season I am once again marveling at the miraculous birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Have you ever considered the incredible humility of Jesus?

The Father's plan of delivering His only Son to earth never ceases to amaze me. What an awesome event! A child created by God placed in the womb of a young virgin. How could something so impossible - be possible?

Jesus deserved to be born in the finest palace of the day. Instead, His official welcoming committee was an assortment of barn animals.

Since earthly kings have such a flair for grand entrances, who would think the King of the Universe would consent to such a humble beginning? But He did.

The humility of Jesus Christ marked His life and ministry from His very first day on earth.

 
 What a day it was!

It was a day that forever changed the course of human history.

Wouldn't you have loved to have been one of the shepherds on that starry night? Can you imagine seeing an angel suddenly appear in the night sky to proclaim, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord: And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

And since one angel wasn't enough to declare the birth of the Savior of all mankind, a multitude of angelic beings lit up the desolate sky to declare their praises to God.

When the angels left, the shepherds didn't say, "Hey, let's go downtown to see if this really happened." To the contrary!

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They said, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." Then they rushed into town to eagerly seek their Messiah.
 
The key to identifying Him wasn't that He was wrapped in swaddling clothes - that was customary. The sign was His mark of humility. Instead of being in a home as newborns normally are, the shepherds found Jesus in a barn just as the angels said.

God chose simple nomads - pious men with no wealth or social status - to be among the first to behold His Son. What incredible, unspeakable joy they must have felt in that holy moment as they gazed into their Savior's face.

Once they returned to their flock, the shepherds began telling everyone, everywhere they went, all they'd seen and heard. They "...made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child."

They were the world's first evangelists and their primary message wasn't about what it was like to see myriads of angels create a heavenly light show in the sky. They talked about what the angels said about Jesus - that the Savior of all mankind had arrived.

Can you imagine them telling their Jewish friends that the magnificent Messiah they'd been waiting for had come - but not boldly on a white horse with heavenly pageantry. Instead He was a vulnerable baby, born to a virgin teenager!

As a poet once said:

 
They were looking for a king
To bring salvation nigh
He came a little infant thing
That made a woman cry

But these itinerant preachers shared the Good News without shrinking back.

They didn't care if they looked foolish. They were already reflecting the image of their Savior.

 
Humility

Of course not everyone believed. The elite were probably offended that some rugged shepherds (an occupation considered somewhat shady in those days) thought they could tell them anything. It took humility to believe a Child could be sent from heaven to save us from our sins and reconcile us to God.

It took humility then. It takes humility now.

It takes willing messengers, too.

This Christmas my prayer is that Jesus Christ will be born in our hearts in a fresh and powerful way - and that our passion for Him will overflow our own life and ignite the hearts of those around us.

May we, like those early shepherds, have the courage to boldly proclaim what we know is true. We must not be ashamed to crown Jesus King of Kings and Lord of Lords for all the world to see. May we not wilt in the face of ever-increasing mockery - even by the most elite. And may we understand that we, like those first shepherds, are God's chosen messengers to the earth today.

The Christmas season is a natural time for us to reach out to others. As unbelievers try to enter into the "spirit of Christmas," they adopt greater attitudes of giving, openness, and goodwill. This gives us opportunities to share our faith that aren't normally there.

In fact, during this season many people become acutely aware of their lack of connectedness to family and friends - and their feelings of loneliness or depression intensify. Sadly, more people commit suicide around Christmas than at any other time of the year.

Like the shepherds, you have seen Jesus. You have witnessed His birth in your heart. This is what your family, friends, and fellow workers need to hear.

 
A Greater Gift

This is why Jesus came. Use this occasion to share Christ with someone who doesn't know Him. Make a phone call, write a letter, take someone to lunch. Tell them the "spirit of Christmas" doesn't have to disappear on December 26th, but can be carried in their heart all year long. Introduce them to the Prince of Peace, who can give them a peace on earth that cannot be taken away.

Jesus, in an effort to reach those who needed to hear, was the perfect example of humility in every area. May we too, in humility, forget ourselves enough to be His messengers to those who need Him.

What greater Christmas gift could there be?

Melody First Name


*Article reprinted from The Last Days Magazine, Vol. 15.4, 1992.

*Illustration used by permission, © Outreach Publications Inc., All rights Reserved.
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Happy Thanksgiving
 
A National Day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed in 1863
by President Abraham Lincoln to give, “Thanksgiving and Praise
to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
            
                                                                                             
Grateful I Can Reflect God's Light

In this season of Thankfulness I adapted the song lyrics of "Stained Glass" about a gift God gave us. With Jesus in our hearts, we are no longer drab and grey. We are filled with His Holy Light. And like stained glass, we have a multitude of beautiful colors.

Most of all, we are not only truly alive ourselves, but we can each REFLECT God's Life and Light to others!

I am grateful for being like Stained Glass!
Blessings,

 
Melody First Name
Stained Glass
 
We are like Windows
Stained with Colors
Of the Rainbow

No longer sitting in a darkened room
Because the Bridegroom
Has come to Shine through YOU!

We are His Daughters and Sons
We are the Colorful Ones
We are the Kids of the King
Thankful in everything
 
My Colors grow so Dim
When I start to Fall
Away from Him

But up comes the Strongest Wind
He sends to Blow Me
Back into His Arms again

Now All His Colors
Fall around our feet
Touching all we meet
Changing all the Gray that We See

Rainbow colors of the Risen Son
We Reflect the One
The One Who Came
To set us All Free

We are His Daughters and Sons
We are the Colorful Ones
We are the Kids of the King
Grateful in everything
 
We are Like Windows
Stained with Colors of the Rainbow
No longer sitting in a darkened room
The Bridegroom wants to Shine thru YOU
 
No longer sitting in a darkened room
The Bridegroom wants to Shine thru YOU

 


Stained Glass lyrics by Melody Green, music by Keith and Melody Green
 


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Talking to Strangers
 
     Many have asked me how I’m able to talk to strangers and get them into conversations so easily — long or short. For me it was a deliberately acquired skill. I’ve done my best to cultivate a friendly and purposeful way of living so I can connect with strangers I meet.
  
     I always remember that everyone is on a journey. So when I’m out and about, I keep my eyes open and watch for a chance to plant some seeds or do a little watering. Sometimes I even get to reap. Below is a very simple “watering” story.


 
“Becoming Human”

Last week I was becoming human — as I call it — getting my scraggly hair and bushy eyebrows tamed. I’ve gone to the same place for years, but they had a new brow girl. As she trimmed, I noticed a thin line of writing tattooed on her forearm. “What does your tattoo say?” I asked. 
 
“Always be true to your heart,” then she quickly added, “but I don’t really believe that anymore.” 
 
“I know someone that has one very similar," I told her. "It took her forever to find the right script and size, even what to say. It’s very feminine like yours.”

 
“What does hers say?” she asked.
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“It says, 'Great is Thy Faithfulness.'”
 
After a few minutes of chitchat, I gently asked, “A moment ago you mentioned you don’t believe what your tattoo says anymore… so what do you believe?” 
  
She answered a bit hesitantly. “Well, I have faith now. I still think it’s good to be true to my heart…but now I rely more on faith.”  

I said I had faith too, that it’s gotten me through a lot. “So do you go to church anywhere?"

She went to a church I’d visited once. We talked about that. Then she offered, “I put my two kids in their school. I want them to learn good values. My boyfriend goes there, so I started going along with him. I really like it.”
 
“So you’re a single mom?” She nodded. I said, “I was a single mom, too. It’s so hard. When you’re at work you feel you should be with your kids. And when you’re with your kids you feel you should be getting work done. I always felt so torn.”
 
“I do too,” she agreed.
 
“I’m a Christian too,” I said. “God is so faithful. He brought people into my children’s lives with different gifts than me, to fill in some of the gaps. Their dad would’ve been stricter — and also would’ve taught them things I didn’t have to give.”
 
big dryersA little encouragement can go a long way, so I continued. “My kids turned out great — both happily married to awesome guys, and they’re super moms. God has been faithful to them…and to me, too.”
 
I didn’t know where she was at in her journey, but she’s headed in the right direction. At the end I told her a bit about the plane crash, and Keith’s music. "I wrote a book about it. I’d love to send you one if you have an address you feel comfortable giving me. I think you’d enjoy it.”
 
She handed me her business card and smiled. I left a good tip (always essential) and said I’d see her next time.
 
The Lord led me to do just a little watering with acceptance and encouragement in our brief 20 minutes together. I’ll see her again.


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We are asking for your help … yet already thankful for your sensitivity to our need.
 
We at LDM would like to continue, but we’ve been falling short of our $8,000 monthly budget.

With about two months of reserves left, we are at serious risk.
 
We’ve tightened our belt, with four part-time staff and one full-time (me) working at home on our laptops. But still we’re falling short by $3,000 each month.
 
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We really do need extra help to continue.
       
We’re grateful in advance for your kindness and generosity – and hopeful for the future.

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