Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Miracles

Do you know that Christmas is all about miracles - big and small?
I know we've all heard the Christmas story so many times, that some of us can repeat it verbatim - and that's a beautiful thing!

Just to recap - Jesus was conceived by immaculate conception through Mary who was probably a teenager. Elizabeth,Mary's older cousin, also conceived miraculously with her husband Zechariah. Both were carrying children of promise. John was a fore-bearer of Jesus and the Holy Spirit was on John from conception. (Luke 1: 13-15) John was born six months before Jesus. When Jesus was born, the angels sang, shepherds were afraid and yet they knew something amazing was happening and kings came to worship. Young innocent Mary treasured all these things pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)

The thing that has struck me the most this Christmas is one small detail in the Christmas story and it is this: when Mary visited Elizabeth, shortly after being told that she would bring forth the Messiah, the baby that was in Elizabeth's womb leapt with joy!! It is utterly amazing to me that two spirit filled babies were communicating with each other before they could be seen by their parents.
Christmas is a time for miracles; for believing in things that may seem to man implausible - but knowing that with God - ALL things are possible.
May you have a wonderful Christmas -and if this is your first year without a loved one, know that God is there to comfort you. May you be enveloped in his love - the ultimate gift at Christmas.

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