Christmas Blessings

2019 December 7

“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” ~Augustine  

Christmas is the time of year when many of us expect something magical to happen. Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that something beyond magical DID happen. Something incomprehensible when you stop to think about it. 

The omnipotent eternal God became a baby in Bethlehem.

With the focus on gifts and celebrations with family and friends, it's easy to take that amazing, mystical fact for granted. The quote by Augustine does a good job of capturing the mysery of it all. "He was created of a mother whom He created." Is it possible for us to comprehend that?

Jesus in the manger

Here are quotes from others who have tried to capture the magic of this season.

“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” -C.S. Lewis  

“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.” -J.I. Packer

“A lowly Babe lies in the lowly cradle of a lowly town, the offspring of a lowly mother. Look again. That child is the eternal “I AM.” He whose Deity never had birth, is born “the woman’s Seed.” He, whom no infinitudes can hold, is contained within infant’s age, and infant’s form. He, who never began to be, as God, here begins to be, as man. And can it be, that the great “I AM THAT I AM” shrinks into our flesh, and is little upon our earth, as one newborn of yesterday? It is so.” - Henry Law
“He became what we are that He might make us what He is.” - Athanasius
“Here we commemorate the greatest and deepest demonstration of true love the world has ever known. For God looked down upon sorrowing, struggling, sinning humanity and was moved with compassion for the contrary, sheep-like creatures He had made. In spite of the tremendous personal cost it would entail to Himself to deliver them from their dilemma He chose deliberately to descend and live amongst them that He might deliver them.” - Phillip Keller
“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” — Charles Dickens
“The meaning of Christmas is that God is invading the territory held by the Prince of Darkness. The definitive closure of this cosmic invasion, the V-Day to its D-Day, will be the final Day of God.” – Fleming Rutledge
“Lying at your feet is your dog. Imagine, for the moment, that your dog and every dog is in deep distress. Some of us love dogs very much. If it would help all the dogs in the world to become like men, would you be willing to become a dog? Would you put down your human nature, leave your loved ones, your job, hobbies, your art and literature and music, and choose instead of the intimate communion with your beloved, the poor substitute of looking into the beloved's face and wagging your tail, unable to smile or speak? Christ by becoming man limited the thing which to Him was the most precious thing in the world; his unhampered, unhindered communion with the Father.” - C.S. Lewis

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