Hush Heard ‘Round the World!
What a paradox? No sound being heard all over the earth. How can that be? And if so. . . so what?
I’m sure you know of what I speak. All that is written about a birth centuries ago in a smelly stable stall with wet hay, animals and excrement.
Not a recipe for romantic nostalgia.
And certainly not an event that should awaken an entire sleepy world to take notice for no other reason than it created a momentary quiet. A quiet that not only caught the attention of shepherds tending the flocks and a few local residents to whom the angels spoke; but a world that has now heard the story and looks back at the incredible miracle God brought about in the midst of that hush!
Out of the Hush. . .
Out of the hush came an incredible miracle. Not just the miracle of a child conceived in a young unmarried virgin woman by the power of the Holy Spirit; but the miracle of PAPA God Himself choosing to enter the world as a helpless child born under incomprehensible conditions with not a onesie to His name!
Out of the hush, the Holy Trinity set in motion what would become the ultimate miracle of all time. . .the salvation of humankind. Salvation through the horrific death of His Son, the child born of Mary and lying in a smelly manger stall!
Did She Know?
One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Mary Did You Know”. Looking at the miracle of Christmas from our perch centuries after the fact; we assume she must have known. After all, Gabriel told her what her son, whom she was to call Jesus, would do when he grew to adulthood. He would walk on water. He would save her sons and daughters. When she kissed his face, she must have known it was the face of God. . .the Great I Am!
I suspect Mary heard the words of Gabriel and held them in her heart because Scripture says so. But I also suspect she didn’t comprehend the depth of his message even though she knew the prophecies contained in the Hebrew holy books.
I also suspect she could barely wrap her head around giving birth to the Son of God. She was after all, a young single woman only betrothed to Joseph at the time of conception. She was a humble village girl who although devout, brought nothing of consequence to the motherhood of Jesus. . .God’s only Son!
And I’m sure she had no idea what the outcome of this miracle would mean for the future of all humankind! She heard the words, but the full extent of what it meant must have escaped her young innocent mind.
Which brings me to the question. . DO WE KNOW?
Do We Believe?
The better question than “do we know” is Do We Believe? Do we emerge from the reflection on the incredible story of the first Christmas morning with belief firmly entrenched in our hearts?
Do we believe He grew to manhood and walked on water? Do we believe He can save our sons and daughters. . .save ourselves?
Do we believe his was the Face of God?
Do we believe that he was (and is) the Great I AM? In the flesh? Born of a young single maiden impregnated by the Holy Spirit of God?
Christmas Is A Necessity
Without the birth that brought about a hush heard ’round the world, our relationship to the Father would never come about.
Without Christmas there is no Easter. Without belief in our hearts as the carols ring out and the candlelight shines in the dark, there is no resurrection sunrise.
So while the world rushes to prepare for a hectic day of gift giving; let us sink back into the hush.
Let our hearts, minds and souls be soaked in the knowledge that the God of the universe humbled Himself and took up residence in a smelly manger stall. While angels sang and shepherds scurried across the hills in response to their song.
And in the quiet, let us deepen our faith and know that when Mary kissed her newborn son; she kissed the face of God. The God of our salvation and that of the entire world!
Have a very blessed and Merry Christmas,
Linda S. Fitzgerald, M.S.Ed, CEO & Visionary Partner
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