The past several weeks have been a very special time for our family. Early in the morning on Nov. 28, our first grandson – little Nate – was born into this world. This wonderful event in the life of our family caused me to reflect on that special birth more than 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, celebrated by Christians everywhere.
First, I can understand the feeling of anticipation that must have been in the hearts of Mary and Joseph as the birth of Jesus approached. There was great joy over this precious life now entrusted to their care. There was also great worry and concern about the health of Mary and the child, considering the circumstances of the birth alone in a place where the animals were kept. But God is good, and his plan always succeeds.
I can also imagine the wonder and amazement of the shepherds as they heard the proclamation from the angel, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). It was a message of hope for the whole world, sent first to poor shepherds.
Today, we have the responsibility of sharing the Good News about Jesus with others. Just like the shepherds, we must go and see, and then go and tell. The joy that comes from having our sins forgiven and becoming a new creature in Christ gives us the opportunity to be the voice, hands and feet of Jesus in a world that so desperately still needs a savior.
Thank you for your partnership in sharing the love of God and meeting human needs in Jesus’ name. We pray that you will be blessed this Christmas as you reflect on the birth of Jesus and that you will be inspired to be a true light for Him to the world.
Major Larry Broome