Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas




We raise beef cattle.
Stuart has feeders and fats,
heifers, bulls, and cows.
One thing they all do is poop.
A lot.
That means lots of manure.
He scrapes the barns and then
he piles it up 
and spreads it on fields as fertilizer.
It does not smell good.
It actually smells quite awful.
Now imagine having your baby 
in one of these barns.
That is what Mary did.
She suffered the pain of childbirth
in a stinky stable.
Then she wrapped her brand new baby 
in rags.
That baby was a King
who humbled himself and
came to earth to save us.
He could have been born in a palace
but his simple birth
is a reminder to us.
He came in to that dirty, smelly place
as a gift to us.
He comes into the smelly, filthy parts of our life
and loves us. 
I can't fathom my life without my faith,
yet many times when troubles come
I try to do it on my own.
Then I call on him and he changes everything.
He gives me strength.
He fills my world with light and hope.
Jesus wants to be involved in our daily lives.
He wants to be involved in
where we go and what we do,
our simple, ordinary days.
I pray you know the presence of Jesus
who is the very reason for 
the Christmas season.
May you have joy and peace that only
Christ can give as we honor him 
on his birthday.
Merry Christmas everyone!

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, 
who is Christ the Lord
Luke 2:11





10 comments:

  1. I wish I had written that.
    Thank you.

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  2. Merry Christmas Janie and thanks for giving us pause to reflect on what this is all about. Ann

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  3. Beautifully written. Have a blessed holiday & a wonderful New Year!
    Love,
    Maria

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  4. beautiful. i read it thrice.
    merry christmas to you, too. i look forward to reading more in the new year!

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  5. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas with your precious family, Janie!

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  6. May the miracle of Christmas fill your home with Joy, Janie !
    Merry Christmas to the whole gang !


    love and hugs from jersey,
    gena

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  7. Just stopping by to wish you a very Blessed Christmas for you and your family. Love, sandie

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