Christmas — a love letter
There are a lot of ways we can describe Christmas. One of my favorites is that Christmas is a love letter, a love letter sent from God to this earth in the form of a little child. It has been said that Christmas is love tugging us back to God with the powerful clasp of a tiny hand reaching out through a bed of straw. He, Jesus, who knew no sin became sin for us and gave Himself to be our savior by way of the cradle in Bethlehem in the manger, and ultimately, gave His life on the cross. How beautiful it is.
The following poem gives us the story.
“God came to earth in the Christmas birth of a tiny baby boy,
Whose life and death are redeeming us yet with blessings, grace, and joy.
Our minds may know this history but stand in awe at mystery.
So faith becomes the way to make our hearts like manger hearts,
Where Christ can dwell and God imparts His wondrous love each day.”
Mary brought forth her son, Jesus, not by the will of man but by the awesome work of the Holy Spirit so he could redeem us as the gift of God. Jesus came to this world to die for us. When you look at the manger, you can also see the shadow of a cross. This Christmas letter continues to convey to us the awesome message that we are loved by God.
The Rev. Paul Killingsworth serves as pastor at Yuma First Assembly.