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Merry Christmas!!!

NativityToday is the day we celebrate the Savior of the World taking on human form and coming through the firmament above us and into uncomfortable settings. I wonder what it must have felt like for this perfect being, God Himself, to take on our human characteristics yet still be fully God. I can imagine as His Spirit descended from heaven while the angelic host and army formed a tunnel of praise and prayer for their Creator as He made the ultimate sacrifice so we would no longer be alone. I try to imagine the very young Mary as she knelt alongside farm animals and dung in a dirty cave not meant for the unveiling of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. I can imagine what the angels sounded like above the earth as they announced His birth to the multitudes listening and the heartbeat of God began to rhythmically pump through the world. As Mary hummed her newly born son a song, could she hear the symphony of angelic voices singing with her above her head? Our Creator, God Himself, came to our wounded earth for ME. For YOU!! For everyone willing to LOVE like He loves.

Today is the first Christmas I have ever had without at least one member of my family. I should feel alone in the world’s eyes, but I am NOT alone. God has added unto me some pretty amazing people and it’s a miracle in itself that after everything I have done, that they still love me. I am so grateful for this beautiful day, the wonderful men and women of God I am surrounded by today, and the LOVE!! God is raising up a new army, a new remnant, and He is calling us all home!!! Today is a day of celebration!!

John 1:1-14 (AMP) – 1 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.

2 He was present originally with God.

3 All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.

4 In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.

5 And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].

6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 This man came to witness, that he might testify of the Light, that all men might believe in it [adhere to it, trust it, and rely upon it] through him.

8 He was not the Light himself, but came that he might bear witness regarding the Light. 

9 There it was—the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person. 

10 He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him].

11 He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own—His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him.

12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name

3 Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!]

14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.