It wasn’t until after I had kids of my own that Christmas took on a deeper meaning. The holiday now conjures up thoughts of how Mary and Joseph felt as expectant parents, new parents and parents learning to let their kids go… Did either of them even have a clue what was in store for Jesus?
When my oldest was a baby, I had a full-length mirror attached to the back of my bedroom door. At first, he would have conversations with the babe in the mirror. When he learned it was himself in the mirror, it was great fun!! About the time he was learning to walk, he fell into the mirror and cracked it. That small crack was enough to cut him as he fell. When he started to bleed, I tried not to panic, but it was his first real wound and it bled like crazy!! As I bandaged him up, God gave me some perspective.
As much as my heart ached to see my son bleed and hurt, it didn’t come close in comparison to the wounds that God’s Son took for us!! I gasped out loud when that thought hit me. Then I had to admit to myself that I could NEVER give my son for someone else! Don’t take this personally, but… I can say I love you and mean it. However, I don’t love you enough to give my son for you. But that’s exactly what God did for us. MIND BENDER!!!
And to bend the mind a bit more, God knew LONG before Jesus was born to Mary that He would die for us!!! THAT is how deep God’s love is for us.
About 16 years after this little “epiphany” of mine, the Christian music group Selah released a Christmas CD that had a song on it that beautifully conveys this whole mind-bending love that God has for us…