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Nativity

Nativity

I woke up this morning, like I often do, very early in the morning.  I lay in bed for a while wishing I could go back to sleep, but also aware of a yearning deep inside to get out of bed and pray.  Today, my desire to pray is not driven by anxiety or fear or self-concern.  Rather, it comes from a simple longing to worship God, to express love for him.

To be honest, I am tired; I have a pain in the middle of my back that feels like a mild tooth ache and it seems as if I am surrounded by trouble on every side.  Nevertheless, deep in the center of my being I believe the King of Glory dwells and, for a little while, I just want to keep him company.  I don’t want anything from him, I simply want to adore him and let him know that even though I often neglect him — not now, not this morning.

So often, I am aware of all the things that are wrong.  I can see plainly everything that I lack.  I see the good that I want to do, but never seem to get around to doing.  I ache inside because of the stuff left undone, all the loose ends.  Sometimes it feels as if my life is the sum total of unfulfilled dreams, desires, expectations and promises. I am aware that I have been summoned to live, but I feel like a dead man walking.

But then he comes.  Out of the night, the Father comes … And he brings his beloved son, born of a virgin, bedecked in poverty, exposed in a stable, announced by angels, worshipped by shepherds, surrounded by animals, lying in a manger — just for me.

I believe … And so I worship, not out of duty, not because of need, but for love.  I love the Father who loves me.

O come let us adore him.  O come let us adore him.  O come let us adore him.  Christ the Lord!

So this morning, I am laying aside my sleepiness, the ache in my back and all the things that are wrong with me, for love.  Just because I can, just because I believe in a Father who comes, just for me.  

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  1. This is a great one dad. It’s a good reminder that everyone has their struggles (back pain, sleep deprivation brought on by 5 month old, whatever), but sometimes the best thing to do is to lay aside our frustrations or our pain, for love. Maybe because that’s what Jesus would do, but also just because it’s the loving thing to do, and because we can. Well said.

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