A.M. – Day 4 – See Amid the Winter’s Snow

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:1-7

Finally, the day comes and Mary gives birth to her firstborn, a son. She wraps him snugly in some cloth and lays him in a manger…because there was no room for them in the inn – they are in a barn…with the animals. Ok, confession – this might be my very favorite part of the Christmas story, because as important as it is that Jesus did come – how He came is equally important. The savior of the world was not born in a glamorous hospital, or delivered by the best midwives, but in a stable with animals as witnesses. How could we ever boast or think of ourselves in more than a humble way…and at the same time – how could we ever think that we weren’t important to God? I think it was important to God the Father that we understand that Jesus was one of us. Many…most of us were not born in a stable – but God was. When He asks us to come to him, and we feel as if we can’t – that we aren’t…good enough – can’t you just hear the master say: I am the savior of the world and I was born in a barn, what are you talking about? Jesus came to this earth to save US. He was in heaven already – He came here for our sake. Do you ever consider that? He left heaven – for here. Would you leave heaven for Earth? I don’t know if I would, but I do know that His love for you, and his love for me was so great that He could not imagine not coming here to save us. It’s so humbling, so mind blowing – especially in this country right now where the value placed on a life can depend on many factors that should not matter.  To know that Jesus came to save us no matter who we are, or what we look like, what our last names are,  if we have $1000000 or $1 – He came to save us all -that  is the greatest gift of all. It means more to me now, than it ever has, because I think I understand it more than I ever have.  All I can say is  – Thank you Lord for loving me so much.

It was frustrating trying to come up with today’s song, because there are so many wonderful songs- O Little Town of Bethlehem, What Child is This? Dormi Jesu, and what would seem like the clear winner Away in a Manger (don’t count these out though – we’re only on day 4). This song See Amid the Winter’s Snow, although not as well known in the states, it is as beautiful in its capture of the moment Jesus came as all of the others…and I think the fact that it was sung by Fraulein Maria (Julie Andrews) helps a little.

See amid the winter’s snow,
Born for us on earth below,
See the tender Lamb appears,
Promised from eternal years.

Hail, thou ever-blessed morn!
Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Say, ye holy shepherds, say
What your joyful news today;
Wherefore have ye left your sheep
On the lonely mountain steep?

Hail, thou ever-blessed morn!
Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

“As we watched at dead of night,
Lo, we saw a wondrous sight;
Angels singing peace on earth
Told us of the Saviour’s birth”.

Hail, thou ever-blessed morn!
Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

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