The Blessing of "Lowly" - Challenging What We Welcome and Value - Monday, December 4th

The Blessing of "Lowly" - Challenging What We Welcome and Value - Monday, December 4th

Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. Luke 2:4-6

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us--for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”-- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

The news of Mary’s pregnancy significantly impacted Joseph in a couple of ways: (1) his sense of loss as a result of Mary becoming pregnant and it nullifying everything he had been anticipating and (2) his sense of amazement at being drawn into something much bigger than himself that allowed him to go forward with the familiar, taking Mary as his wife, but thrust him into unimaginable territory - being married to the mother of heavenly offspring. The imagery of “Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree” reminds us that there is always more than meets the eye. Just like we would not normally choose such a tree nor choose a pregnancy before our wedding day, we would not choose the conditions that made up the birth of Christ nor the outcome of Jesus dying on a tree. So, knowing there is much more than meets the eye in the amazing story of Christ’s birth, maybe we are beginning to get the idea that the “Charlie Brown Christmas Trees” of our lives should be welcomed and valued greatly. This week we focus on the “lowly” scene of Christ’s birth knowing that there is much, much more than meets the eye. Hopefully we will come away better prepared to face those supposed “lowly” moments of life in a way that allows us to exchange our “why me – I am a victim” mentality for a “yes me – I am blessed” mentality,

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, knowing you, loving you, and living for you is so radical. Help me to step more fully and readily into the realm of the “lowly.” I am so prone to welcoming and valuing the supposed “higher” end of earthly life. Far too often I reduce you to being my “ticket” for being kept from the “lowly” and for getting in on the “higher” aspects of life. Open up the realm of the “lowly” and the blessing of things that don’t readily “meet the eye.” I am ready for the adventure of the radical life you have called me to. Amen!

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