1 Corinthians 15:57
Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[tweetthis twitter_handles=”@MaryHill16″]The greatest victory of all came in a small package. [/tweetthis]
I love the song, Mary Did You Know. Mary knew her baby’s uniqueness. An angel visitation and a bright star shone overhead. Her labor difficult as she traveled through the night with her husband Joseph to arrive in Bethlehem for the required census.
They found meager shelter in a stable among beasts of burden. She wrapped her babe in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger where throughout the next few days visitors from all over the world made their way to see the infant son, future king of Israel. His kingship, however, was not an earthly one, but a spiritual one. He lived a life meant for sacrifice so that we might achieve the ultimate victory over sin and death.
Mary treasured all these things in her heart as royalty and humble shepherds visited her small babe.
I can see her sitting there watching as the three kings brought in special gifts of gold, frankincense, and mire. Then shepherds visited bowing to worship.
I can imagine her joy and emotions. She knew her son’s birth signified something wonderful and glorious. She could not foresee the true meaning of that Christmas morn when her son would suffer great pain and die on a cross where she would not look down in her son’s beautiful shining eyes but look up on her son’s face marred by blood and pain.
Her faith tested to the extreme. How did she as a mother manage to cope?
Christmas is full of joy about the birth of Jesus. The pageantry and the beauty of Christmas seen everywhere, but Easter and resurrection arrives soon.
These two holidays seem so far apart, but they harmonize in a concert of a life, lived to bring victory to all mankind. The Gospel story of Christ brings hope, redemption, and the ultimate victory. Will you accept Him into your lives this Holy Season?
Leading up to Thanksgiving, I began a series celebrating Fall Thankfulness. Here is the landing page. This post represents the letters “I” in Thanksgiving. I continue to blend this series with the start of another sponsored by Wendy Speake: A Holiday Haiku Challenge. Wendy kindly featured me on her blog here! I am so appreciative.
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This week’s participants were able to use any word they selected as a prompt.