Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mary, Did You Know?

I still remember how to sing “Mary, Did You Know?”. Oh, I never sang the solo, but for years I sang the choral part and loved it. Dressed in Hebrew costumes, we held lit candles as we made our way through the sanctuary to the stage, and knelt in a semi-circle asking that timeless question—Did you know?

Mary, a godly girl, a willing maidservant, did you know what you held that first Christmas night? Did you know that you held the hope for every soul? The power that would crush all evil? The love that would show us the Father?
Did you know that you held in bodily form the God who parted the Red Sea, stopped the mouths of lions, and rained fire from heaven? Did you know that you cradled the Savior of the world? That you gave birth to the great I AM in human form?

According to her song, I think she did (Luke 1:38, 46-55). Did she think of it in those terms? I’m not sure, but I imagine so. Do we?
Do we stop in the hustle and bustle of Christmas to consider what great miracle happened that night? Every nativity scene we see is a reminder of the love, mercy, and selflessness of our God who left heaven to become one of us so He could die for each of us. Every Christmas is a reminder that the Son of God left His celestial home so He could make the heart of every believer His permanent home.

Christmas is lovely because of its lights, decoration, and music. What makes it beautiful beyond description is the act of the Creator becoming one of the created so they could know Him forever.
One day we’ll get to ask Mary just how much she knew and understood. She may ask us—Did you know, and what did you do about it?

With the knowledge we have of the true meaning of Christmas, let’s use every opportunity to spread God's love and light this Christmas. Every time we can, let’s say “Merry Christmas” or “God bless you” or “Is there something I can pray for you?”. I’ve been surprised how many people say “Merry Christmas” in return. Perhaps people are hungry for the love that God demonstrated in sending His Son to earth. We know why He came, and we can share that with our words and our lives.
Merry Christmas, and may God’s love hug you a little tighter this Christmas! God bless you.

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? …” Isaiah 40:21, NKJV
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Friday, December 6, 2013

New Blog at Lighthouse Bible Studies


Guess what?! We're official! Lighthouse Bible Studies now has its own website where you can see more about our Lighthouse team and our books. I have a new blog on there, too!

Visit our new site at http://lighthousebiblestudies.com/. I had a hand in designing it, and I'm grateful to all those who put it together.

I would love for you to visit my new blog! I can't transfer this blog's followers to that one, so please type in your email address in the Follow box to still receive emails. This blog will remain active for a while. (I've written so much on it.) But now all my new material will be on the new site. And here it is: http://lighthousebiblestudies.com/katy-blog!

Commenting should be easier on the new blog, so please leave a comment! I'd love to talk with you about Life with God and all its adventures. So you know, all comments must be approved to avoid spam submissions, so it may take a little while for them to show up. But thank you for reading this blog, and I hope you follow the next one!

God bless you, and may you know the fullness of life's adventures with Him!

~Katy