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Friday, December 11, 2009

"(the) WAY in a manger, no crib for a bed..."



For awhile now, I have been taking the time to read a verse or two - sometimes a whole passage- with the little ones at breakfast.  I gave it a name yesterday, as our "Breakfast B*I*B*L*E club"... we sing songs and do hand motions with them, etc. 

Well, beings it is the Christmas season - how perfect-  to introduce the song; "Away in a manger".  They're little and do not fully understand, although Caleb is quick to mention "Jesus" whenever he takes notice of our Willow Tree Natvity.  So, I brought out this book to show them a picture of what we were talking and singing about and then I just started quoting Luke 2. 

And I share this, not to toot my own horn in any way, but I have been challenging myself to quote, from memory, Luke 2 :1-20, out of the KJV, just to keep it alive.  Over the years of my growing up... we would have memorized this passage for School, or Christmas programs, etc. and it has just stuck with me.  Praise the Lord! It's such a privilege to share this with them and a challenge for myself, not just to repeat the words, but to allow them to penetrate my heart and to gain a deeper meaning. 

Remember? I am working on preparing HIM room in my heart... Here is what happened this week. 





~Luke 2:1-20~

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn
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 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 
And this shall be a sign unto you;

 Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.



 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."



After reciting the Christmas story, the phrase kept repeating itself, over and over in my heart; "and this shall be a sign unto you, you shall find the baby...".  I, like Mary, was left to ponder that for awhile.  Why did the angel actually make mention of this being - a sign? and what were they to take notice of, exactly?

I wondered if the shepherds would've actually taken thought to the fact that the Christ child was really lying in a manger ... a very humble beginning ... for such a KING as he?... that perhaps, instead, they would've just barged their way into the stable not SLOWing, long enough, to see really see the WAY? 

The "sign" for me was significant, in realizing that I too needed to see the humility, he demonstrated.  Otherwise I wonder if I would truly know the WAY-today?  The challange for me now, is to remember to bring this point into the conversation every time (or as often as possible) when we talk about Jesus coming to this earth as a baby.  The humility with which he came speaks greatly of how much he personally desires a relationship with us, with me.  What could get more lowly or humbling then that? 


: : SLOW... enough to pay attention to the SIGN - in order to go- the right WAY!

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

5 comments:

  1. Dear friend Bevy,
    Do you know what really touched my heart as I read your post today? As I got to the part about the shepherds glorifying and prasing God for all they had heard and seen, I saw the beautiful faces of your two precious babes~~and thought, Is that how the shepherds looked? Such joy! Thank you for posting and more than that, thank God for his precious gift! Merry Christmas, my friend!

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  2. Bevy,
    Thank you for this timely reminder in such a rushed season, to SLOW down and see the true meaning of Jesus's birth! I've been reading the "kids" version (Princess bible) of Luke 2 to Rachel at night this week. What a blessing it is to be able to share HIS story with our children. May God Bless you and your family during this joyful season.
    Laura Suermann

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  3. Bevy, great post! Thank you so much for sharing what you are doing with your children. I really need to start doing more to emphasize the real meaning of Christmas. I think we will begin memorizing with you!

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. good for you memorizing that much scripture!
    have a blessed weekend~
    chasity

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  5. A great reflection for this time of the year.

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