We see that night as a silent night, but yet it was a night of unusual events leading to redemption for all mankind.
That was the night of our Savior’s birth.
I’m writing this on the morning of the first day of 2016, and some may say its too late, but I believe we should celebrate that act of love that was shown on that night. So here goes.
An angel appeared to Mary – a young, virgin girl.
“Oh, favored one, the Lord is with you…..
Do not be afraid, Mary
For you have found favor
You will conceive in your womb
And bear a son.
His name will be Jesus.”
Luke 1:28, 30 – 31
Mary was surprised. She was a virgin, and now she was going to give birth to the awaited Messiah. Joseph could have shamed her, because she was pregnant, but he was a man of wisdom, and God spoke to him.
The night of labor came and it happened on a cold night in Bethlehem. There was no vacancy in the hotels. So Jesus was born in a manger, a feeding trough for animals.
What a place for Our Savior to be born.
The story continues and the shepherds come to see Jesus. They came from taking care of their animals in the field. They had not prepared themselves, but they came as they were with a desire to worship Jesus.
Then the wise men, bringing gifts, came to worship Jesus. King Herod had a plan to kill Jesus, but God spoke to the wise men and told them they should not return to the King.
What a picture this gives us, both the shepherd and the wise men came to worship Jesus, one group with gifts, the other with just themselves. God is no respecter of persons.
In was in this night of pain and discomfort, Love came.
Jesus our Savior was born.
“For to us a child is born,
To us a son is given….
And His name shall be called
Prince of Peace.”
Jesus was sent to a broken world, full of so much pain, chaos, fighting, bloodshed, etc.
Jesus came to give us
Have we accepted this love? Do we have a relationship with God?
Or are we like the people of Bethlehem the night of Jesus’ birth, so oblivious to Jesus coming?
Jesus is coming soon. Let us be ready for that day. Let us not be caught off – guard.
Jesus came to redeem ALL people to himself.
This is what I was meditating on this Christmas. This Christmas has been filled with joy and laughter.
We thank God for this opportunity to impact these children’s lives and with Lives rededicated and others now empowered, we have seen God’s faithfulness!
- I have finished my first year in school – this is only by God’s grace and strength. It hasn’t been easy, but His grace is sufficient
- Thank God for provision – this is His work, and when He opens a door, no man can shut it, so He works in His mysterious ways
- Thank God for the wonderful opportunity to have my brother around! Pictures will come later! 🙂
- For this next year of school – Sometimes assignments or exams can get lost, resulting in an uncompleted unit, but I pray for a continual favor of God
- Financial provision for Solar at Journey of Hope
- For our children – some of them are struggling health wise. God is our Jehovah Rapha, and we believe that they will be healed, in Jesus Name.
- Dennis Mullet’s team is coming the end of this month(My aunt is one on the one’s in the group) – may it be a successful missions trip and may God speak to the team.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support. It is only through your prayers and financial support, that I am able to do God’s work in Kenya.
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
Proverbs 11:24 – 25
This is my prayer for you! I wish you a Prosperous New Year! May this be the year that God will use you in amazing ways.
Thank you and God bless you!