The Heart of Christmas

Me, Ayden, and the top of Cadence’s head, Christmas 2009
Reason to Celebrate
We’ve decorated our Christmas tree, attended parties, bought (but not yet wrapped!) gifts, baked, and hung lights from the eaves. Our nativity sits in its place of honor, where lamplight illuminates the figure of the Baby Jesus in His manger. Mistletoe hangs from the ceiling in our entryway. We are almost ready for Christmas.
Despite all the energy expended on the trappings of Christmas, we’re determined to keep its meaning centered in our hearts.
The mystery, wonder, and fulfillment of Christmas is well-captured in this line from a song:
Did you know

that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Okay, the theology of this lyric is suspect. We know that Mary knew, because scripture tells us so. But we don’t need to turn to Christmas carols for theology. We can appreciate them as beautiful music that directs our hearts to the meaning of Christmas.

Please enjoy.

“Mary did you Know” by Mark Lowry
30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”

Luke 1:30-33 (NASB)