Hi again. I realize that I've been a bit lax in my writing of late and feel the need greatly. However, I have no internet service at home on the weekends and so far this week, there has been no time. I also need to get to work on the passing on of an award that I received last week and put to use my hopefully, newfound knowledge of links. Thanks so much to everyone who helped me out. Without you, I'd surely have been at a loss.
However, I have just read something in my monthly church newsletter that I feel I must pass on for your reading contemplation. Reading the following words surely did move me, and I hope you find peace in reading them as well.
In contemplating the incarnation of the Son of God, Ellen White wrote the following words:
"In contemplating the incarnation of Christ in humanity, we stand baffled before an unfathomable mystery, that the human mind cannot comprehend. The more we reflect upon it, the more amazing does it appear. How wide is the contrast between the divinity of Christ and the helpless infant in Bethlehem's manger! How can we span the distance between the mighty God and a helpless child? And yet the Creator of worlds, He in whom was the fullness of the Godhead bodily, was manifest in the helpless babe in the manger. Far higher than any of the angels, equal with the Father in dignity and glory, and yet wearing the garb of humanity! Divinity and humanity were mysteriously combined, and man and God became one. It is in this union that we find the hope of our fallen race. Looking upon Christ in humanity, we look upon God, and see in Him the brightness of His glory, the express image of His person." - The Signs of the Times, July 30, 1896
And in response to having read this, this is what our minister asked us to think about:
"As we enter the season of Christmas, spend the time in reflection on what it means that God became man, that God came to live with us and reveal Himself in the flesh. I for one need to reflect on the truth that I need Him every hour, every minute, every second of my days."
And just now, for me personally, I do believe that these words represent the meaning of Christmas and what it's really all about. I need to slow down, be quiet, and let the Holy Spirit speak to me and spend some peaceful time of my own reflecting on the true and everlasting reason for the season. Have we all forgotten? Or is it just that we tend to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the material side of the holiday that we bury it somewhere deep down where the true joy doesn't get to shine? Please ponder these words, and remember even for just a moment what we really have to celebrate, will you?
May you all feel peace and unadulterated joy at the pure and sweet truth of this Christmas season.