Remember the Reason for the Season

Remember the reason for the season
That’s what they tell me
So, I’ve been thinking hard – about the season

This season – It now begins on an October day
Revs up on black Friday
Comes with a flurry every December Day
This holiday – that is somehow supposed to transform into a Holy – day

You see, I’ve been mulling over this baby come down
Why have Jesus come as a baby anyway?
It seems such a simple way
Christmas doesn’t strike me like Resurrection Day
You’re a scrooge you might say

Another thing that makes me wonder about this season – And it’s reason,
Is Life.
Life isn’t a respecter of seasons
I’ve attended birthday parties and spoken at a funeral.
I’ve prayed for hurting, aching people
And cried tears of joy at a wedding
-All – in this season

Is this birth an event?
A reason to have a season?
or is this birth a means to an end?
Why send him to the womb if he fate was a tomb?

My mind can accept that propitiation for our sins before a holy God
Requires Jesus to be fully man
Yes, my mind and my head can nod,
but my heart still wonders, if there’s a deeper plan

The mama in me,
Longs to hold this savior child close
To feel his soft skin
To look into the depths of his glassy eyes
Eyes – that have seen the depths of my sin and yet never despise.
To hold his delicate hand
A hand that will bear scars for me and still care to reach out to me.
To smell tiny feet
Feet that will one day be pierced through for me – And for you.
To put my hand on his side and snuggle him close – A side that holds me close, even when I doubt.

As I think of the first season
Mary and her encounter
Joseph decided not to discount her
Mary all pregnant with the Son of God
Stuck in a barn,
Wallowing in the sod
The pain of the labor,
As heaven comes forth from her.
The wise men coming and throwing them selves down
Bearing gifts, before they all rush out of town

Maybe this season isn’t so hard to understand
It reminds me
That I have a God who understands man
And knows what December is all about
And has a plan
To mend hearts and heal pain
To bring light to this dark world
God’s son,
Grace come down, wrapped plain
Soft and tender, not yet slain

As we humble ourselves before this This tiny baby so frail and small
Let us remember the reason for this season
Jesus – God’s Love, sent in humility to save us all

Merry Christmas

(December 2011)


Imagine the Wonder


A thought that astounded me today is the thought of shepherds, grown outdoors men, visiting baby Jesus.  A baby holds wonder and joy and heartwarming, but this was different. I don’t think this was a cooing, oohing and ahhing about his tiny size or cuteness.  This baby, this small, God come down to earth child, held so much promise, so much history, prophecy fulfilled,  Love come down, life changing, worship changing, freedom bringing, LIGHT OF THE WORLD. From the scriptures, it almost seems that these shepherds are going out of curiosity:

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”(Luke 2:15 ESV)

Whatever their motives or even knowledge of exactly what they were witnessing, just imagine the breath taking feeling of knowing that you are in the presence of God almighty, in the flesh. That you, you of all people on earth, in time, were given the opportunity to see him, to touch him, to wonder at him.

Imagine that.

I imagine tears.


Waving of arms and eyes to heaven in thanksgiving.

Murmured prayers.

Bowing of heads, hearts and bodies before him.

The bible says they went away from that place “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.”

May we also come to this Christmas season of celebration glorifying and praising Him. Speaking to others what we have seen and heard. Proclaiming this gift come down.

Jesus, what a wonder you are!